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Seoul is known as the "leading digital city" on earth, and Korea is the world’s number one producer of mobile phones, displays, semiconductors, and other technological hardware.  Digital giants like Samsung and LG continually test new products on South Korean consumers, and the UH Center for Korean Studies is sponsoring a conference that could give us a glimpse into our technological future.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke with a human-computer interface expert about what’s ahead.

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There have been warm stretches so far this summer across most of the islands. But the heat and occasional humidity are nothing compared to what’s going on in Northeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i’s minimum wage will rise to 10-dollars and ten cents an hour next year from its current level of $9.25. A proposal to increase it even more was defeated in the legislature earlier this year. This week, the government in South Korea boosted the national minimum wage—by double digits. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While a lot of the news about the Korean peninsula these days focuses on security, there’s another issue that has surfaced this week: trade. The U.S. wants to talk about the free trade agreement that’s in force with South Korea. And the reaction from Seoul is cautious. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been two days since North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. The United States and its allies are considering potential responses.  China and Russia are calling for North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons programs, in exchange for the U.S. stopping military exercises with South Korea. That’s not likely to happen—and those exercises can involve tens of thousands of forces. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Three Asian countries that are often rivals have agreed to cooperate when it comes to the Arctic Ocean. China, Japan and South Korea will conduct a joint mission to take a closer look at the impacts of climate change. And the work is not only focused on science. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  South Korea’s new president is shifting policy when it comes to a program of missile defense. The move involves U.S. military hardware and issues relating to the environment. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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A growing international trade dispute is heading for a showdown. It involves a famous American brand and a pair of companies from South Korea. The focus of the disagreement: washing machines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Climate change was one topic where President Trump had significant differences with his counterparts at this weekend’s Group of Seven meetings in Europe. Trump has previously said he wants to push ahead with coal as an energy source—while economies in many parts of the world, including Asia, are heading in the other direction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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If you’re a fan of Hawaiian music, you already know the results of this year’s Na Hōkū Hanohano awards. And if you follow pop music, you’re probably familiar with the highlights of the Billboard Music Awards. Both took place over this past weekend, but one of them involved a surprise from an Asian country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Relations may be improving between two of the closest allies the United States has in Asia. South Korea’s new president sent a special envoy to Japan this week—and the reception was very positive. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As you heard earlier on NPR, South Korea has a new president this morning. Moon Jae-in took office immediately following his election victory. And while much attention is focused on relations with North Korea, Moon will also be dealing with another important story: South Korea’s economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Recent news from the Korean peninsula has focused on security threats from North Korea. But we are now less than a week away from a presidential election in South Korea. And the results are likely to have an impact beyond the country’s borders. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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These are busy days on the Korean peninsula. Security concerns are still focused on North Korea. In South Korea, a presidential election is less than three weeks away. The country is also starting an ambitious experiment this week—having to do with loose change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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(As you’ve been hearing today on NPR,) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is in Japan today, the next stop on his travels in Asia after spending a couple of days in South Korea.  While tensions continue on the Korean peninsula, two U.S. allies are cooperating on a regional dispute of a very different kind. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Security has been a focus on the Korean peninsula in recent weeks. But while North Korea has continued firing missiles and testing rocket engines, attention in South Korea is returning to politics. And how to deal with North Korea is one of the election issues. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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North Korea fired another ballistic missile yesterday and there are reports of preparations for another nuclear weapons test that could be timed for the U.S.-China summit later this week. With President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping set for their first meeting Thursday and Friday in Florida, two other East Asian powers took a step to repair relations…we have details from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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Charging stations for electric vehicles are increasing across Hawai‘i. While that lays the groundwork for future sales of electric cars in the state, another location in the Asia Pacific is moving even faster. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Stripped of presidential immunity following her impeachment, South Korea’s former president was questioned by prosecutors in Seoul this week. If convicted of all 13 corruption charges, Park Geun-hye could serve up to 45 years. Two of her aides have also been arrested in connection with a blacklist of nearly 10 thousand artists. More on that, from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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The former leader of South Korea left the official presidential residence Sunday.  Elections will be held in about two months. Meanwhile, the country faces not only continuing security threats from North Korea, also challenges in economics and politics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is International Women’s Day. Around the Asia Pacific, there are different events to mark the occasion—and there’s also some new research showing mixed results when it comes to certain measures of women’s progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It remains to be seen what impact Donald Trump’s plans to expand military spending may have on Hawai‘i. But elsewhere in the Pacific, military cooperation between allies is leading to an unusual situation with a global company. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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As we start a new work week on this Monday, there’s news today about a potential new ENDING time for the work week. It’s earlier—but in some cases there’s a catch. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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People around the world are eating more fish than ever before. That word comes from the United Nations—which also reports most of the biggest consumers of seafood live in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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North Korea’s latest missile launch has sparked condemnations from the United States and its allies in the Asia Pacific. It also led to an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council. But events coming elsewhere on the Korean peninsula in less than a month are likely to draw a different kind of reaction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The future of South Korea’s political leadership has taken a new twist. The country’s president remains suspended, and one of the leading candidates to succeed her has just dropped out of contention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis leaves on his first overseas trip in office later this week. He’s heading for South Korea and then Japan.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the travels in today’s Asia Minute.

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The new presidential administration in the United States remains a focus around the world this morning/today. And while “America First” was a theme of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, an important bit of international cooperation has been taking place thousands of miles from Washington. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Foreign automakers have come under increasing scrutiny since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election.  And each week it seems another one announces plans for new investment in the United States. The latest word comes from South Korea, and Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The New Year has brought some changes in laws around the state and around the country. That’s also true overseas. And in South Korea, there’s another change coming soon-- related to genetically modified food. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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