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Food is a critical part of daily life for everybody. But when it comes to high end restaurants, one of the most powerful influences is the ratings system of the Michelin Guide. Hawai‘i restaurants are not rated by Michelin, but it’s an important designation for many establishments across Asia. And sometimes it produces surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The United Nations General Assembly in New York has captured a lot of media attention over the last week or so. But on the other side of the world, a different meeting of international leaders last week quietly produced a number of developments. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore’s most famous family is in the midst of a feud. And it’s spilled into public view and has led the Prime Minister to apologize on national television. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Prime Minister of Singapore is Lee Hsien Loong.

His father was Lee Kuan Yew—the founder of Singapore and its prime minister for more than 30 years.

He lived for decades in the same house he moved into in 1945.

Near the end of his life, Lee Kuan Yew told reporters and others that once he died, he wanted the house torn down.

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One of the most influential rallies in Asia supporting gay rights has just become a bit more exclusive. Organizers say the annual event in Singapore has run into some legal complications. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When movies and television shows are shot on location, they don’t always get the details right. That’s been the case with more than one project shot in Hawai‘i. But most recently this has come up with an American television show and Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The best location in the world to find talent for start-up organizations is a small spot in the Pacific. That’s according to a report from a U.S. company that tracks startups. But the broader findings are a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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A multi-billion dollar rail project has just taken a big step toward completion. But this train is not in Hawai‘i, it’s thousands of miles across the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A shipment from Taiwan to Singapore was held up this week in Hong Kong. It’s an unusual case that combines elements of business, diplomacy and the military. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nine armored personnel carriers are stuck on a dock in Hong Kong.  They were found on a container ship bound from Taiwan to Singapore.  Singapore’s Defense Ministry says the vehicles were used in “routine overseas training” ...adding that the government expects “the shipment to return to Singapore expeditiously.”

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If you’ve ever thought that cars are getting bigger in Hawai‘i while many city parking spaces are staying the same size, you are correct. But the situation is even worse in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The International Energy Agency says renewable sources of energy now have the capacity to produce more electricity than coal. In a new report, the group also reports half a million solar panels were installed around the world every day last year.  The news comes as researchers launch a new solar project in Singapore.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The topic of cyber security has come up in each of the presidential debates. While the United States says Russia is trying to hack into election related systems, one country in Asia is launching a national strategy aimed at computer security. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore has launched its first International Cyber Week.  It’s an event the government is using to publicize its approach and plans for defending against computer crime.  Singapore is among the leaders in the world when it comes to organizing a national strategy on that issue.

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Hawai‘i and Utah are the two most restrictive states when it comes to gambling—banning all forms of it.  They are among a handful of states that don’t have lotteries. Singapore has been experimenting with gambling in recent years—and there’s controversy about a new development coming later this month.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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You may have a favorite family recipe---or a whole set of them.  While recipes are often passed down through generations, sometimes there are secrets involved.  Think of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken—or the formula for Coca-Cola.  In Singapore, there’s a new twist on an old recipe—a very lucrative one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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News of the Zika virus in recent weeks has focused on Brazil and in the United States, on Miami. But Zika is also a growing concern in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Prime Minister of Singapore is spending most of this week in Washington. It’s the first official state visit by a Singaporean leader in more than 30 years. And discussions will include at least one topic that came under fire at the political conventions of both republicans and democrats. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s news today about a multi-billion dollar rail project that will change the look of a capital city. It’s not the Honolulu rail project—this is a high speed train that would link Singapore with the capital city of Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The leaders of Singapore and Malaysia signed a train deal this week.  It’s a memo of understanding for a high-speed rail project that would link Singapore with Kuala Lumpur—about 185 miles.  Planners say it will turn what is now about a 5 hour drive into a 90 minute ride.

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Hillary Clinton’s email may be a topic that we continue to hear about in this presidential election year. But questions about government workers and their use of technology continue to evolve around the world. And they’ve just taken a sharp turn in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia’s largest aviation show is underway this week in Singapore.  The exhibits feature both civilian and military aircraft, and it’s already turned into a busy marketplace.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore will soon become the latest Asian nation to require all international visitors to scan their fingerprints. That’s been a requirement for international visitors coming to the United States for years. But Singapore’s move signals increasing concerns about terrorism in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

If you’ve traveled to Japan, Korea or Taiwan in the last nine years, you know the drill.

The stop at passport control at the airport includes an electronic scan of your fingerprints.

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Plans for a New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore have re-ignited a simmering public discussion there. The question concerns a controversial singer, a national broadcast, and the issue of gay rights. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Singer Adam Lambert rocketed to fame on the tv show “American Idol” and has sold millions of albums around the world.  He’s scheduled to headline a show in Singapore this New Year’s Eve - an event that will be shown live by state broadcaster Media Corp.

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After Turkey and the Philippines, Malaysia is the final stop on President Obama's current tour - and after the G20 in Antalya and APEC in Manila, it's another major multilateral meeting.  This time, ASEAN: the Association of South East Asian Nations.  As the current chair - Malaysia hosts the meeting, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minutes, its president is enmeshed in scandal.

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One of the many reasons to be grateful for Hawai‘i’s trade winds is that they keep vog away from residents north and west of the Big Island. But in some parts of the world, problems of hazy skies need more than trade winds as a solution. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

There is no school in Singapore today.

It’s not a national holiday---it’s a health precaution.

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Voters in Singapore go to the polls tomorrow to cast ballots in national elections.  For the first time in the country’s 50-year history, every seat in Parliament will be up for election—following a campaign that’s surprising for a number of reasons.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Elections in Singapore on Friday are not expected to produce any surprises - the People's Action Party has ruled the island city state ever since independence 50 years ago and is widely credited for the creation of one of the most prosperous countries in the world.  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute - analysts will measure tomorrow's results by looking at one number.

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Census figures out last week show that Hawai‘i’s kupuna population continues to grow. In fact, the number of people aged 65 and above is growing about 4 times faster than the state’s overall population. The aging of society is a policy concern for Asian leaders from Japan to South Korea. And the topic is now finding its way into government speeches in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore’s Prime Minister told a university audience this week that his country’s population is aging faster than nearly any other country in the world.

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Honolulu’s rail project is still about three years away from its opening ride, as long as construction stays on schedule. Across the Pacific, the timeline of an even more ambitious rail project has just been pushed back. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Visitor spending in Hawai‘i has begun to plateau a bit over the early months of 2015. For international visitors, some of that is related to the continued strength of the dollar. Currency issues are also hitting another tourism market in the Pacific: Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore has begun a week of mourning following the death of its founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. While the news of his passing was not a shock, it’s been a focus for media around the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The ballots are in for the best airport in the world. The Honolulu Airport was never close to making the top ten list. But six of the top ten are in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re like most people, you probably use quarters in parking meters when you need to. And maybe you carry around a certain amount of coins with you but not as much as has been changing hands recently in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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