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It’s been several years since smoking was banned on beaches across Hawai‘i. Now, a popular tourist destination in Asia is trying a similar approach on a number of beaches—but with very different penalties. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As you’ve been hearing on NPR today, President Trump traveled to Las Vegas today—a day after going to Puerto Rico. His visits to those two places of recent human tragedy have dominated the news this week. But another presidential event that received very little attention was historic in a different way. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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While rhetoric from and about North Korea has dominated the news lately, the United States is pursuing other strategies to try to influence the leadership in Pyongyang. That includes efforts to further isolate North Korea—but in some parts of Asia that may be challenging. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The government has approved a deal to finance a multi-billion dollar rail project. Unfortunately for backers of the Honolulu rail plan, this particular construction is thousands of miles from Hawai‘i. It’s a deal announced this week in Thailand for a project that will eventually go to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This is National Nurses’ Week. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are more than three and a half million nurses in the United States, while the Kaiser Family Foundation counts nearly 3,000 nurses working in Hawai‘i. It is challenging work—and in one Asian nation it’s also becoming more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been less than three months since U.S. forces wrapped up their annual military exercises with Thailand. But there’s another Pacific power that’s playing a growing role with Thailand’s military. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Criticism of the government is one of the traditions of a democracy. But if you live in Thailand, criticism of the royal family is another matter entirely. And now government leaders in Bangkok have issued a new warning about several well-known critics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawaiian green sea turtles are rare creatures. They are an endangered species and their only breeding colony in the country is at O‘ahu’s Sea Life Park.  Thousands of miles away, in Thailand, a cousin of the local species is recovering after a dramatic ordeal. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Last week, Thailand’s military wrapped up several weeks of exercises with international forces led by the United States. The annual drills called “Cobra Gold” involved approximately 3,600 U.S. personnel. This week, one focus for the military in Thailand was more modest: domestic beaches. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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If you plan to eat a lot on this Thanksgiving, you might want to consider exercise at some point. Increased activity is on the mind of Thailand’s leader this week—and he’s taking some unusual steps to spread the idea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand’s prime minister thinks government workers need to get out more.  Specifically, he wants them to get outside and exercise.  Prayuth Chanocha came to power in a military coup…he’s a former chief of the army and he’s no one’s idea of a democratically elected leader.

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Thailand remains in mourning today, following the death of its king. While the king of Thailand was the world’s longest-reigning monarch, his relationship with his subjects might be hard for outsiders to understand—along with what comes next. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Here are three things you never want to do in Thailand:

Never point the soles of your feet directly at someone—it’s extremely rude.

Never pat someone on the head—it’s a real invasion of a private space.

And never insult the royal family—it’s against the law.

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If you’ve been following the presidential campaign here in the US, you’re very familiar with the concept of building a wall between countries.  Donald Trump wants to build one on the border with Mexico.  But there’s a location on the other side of the world where that idea is moving closer to reality.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One of the world’s biggest steel companies is expanding its presence in Southeast Asia. It’s a story that combines global business strategy, shifting corporate priorities and evolving roles for two Asian economies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

South Korea’s biggest steelmaker is opening an automotive steel producing plant in Thailand.  POSCO is the fifth largest steel company in the world, according to the World Steel Association.  By the way, 13 out of the 15 top steel producers are based in Asia…..8 of them in China.

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The tourism industry is always looking for new ideas—whether they involve visitors coming to Hawai‘i or traveling elsewhere in the world.  But a proposal floated this week by a government official in Thailand may not gain a big international following.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand wants to track its tourists closely….by way of a computer chip.  A government agency wants all foreign tourists to be issued SIM cards.

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Last week, we told you about an island in Thailand that has been so overrun with tourists that it’s now temporarily closed to visitors. It’s a movement that appears to be growing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The start of peak travel season is still a few weeks away, but it’s already been a strong year so far for Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry.  Visitor arrivals had a record first quarter, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority expects a strong summer.  In Thailand, a busy period for one island has led to a different result. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

When it comes to tourists, one of Thailand’s popular beach spots is just saying no.

Or no thank you…..at least for the time being.

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The government of Thailand will be closing a controversial gold mine by the end of the year.  It’s a case that involves overseas investment, local jobs, and questions about health.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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One measure working its way through Hawai‘i’s current legislative session would ban the sale of ivory in the state. This week, authorities announced they’d seized nearly a million dollars of elephant tusks in a Southeast Asian country that’s long been a part of the illegal ivory trade. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The National Weather Service says Hawai‘i Island and Maui are experiencing “severe drought”….and warns the drought conditions may intensify around the islands this summer.  Drought is also plaguing parts of Southeast Asia—and that’s changing plans for a festival coming next month.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The top U.S. diplomat in East Asia faces some difficult talks in Thailand this week.  Critics say the military rulers in Bangkok are using laws on the books to prosecute political rivals—and anyone who speaks out against the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In the spring of last year, a military coup led to a change of government in Thailand.  As we wrap up our “Following Up” series this week, HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand’s been through a dozen military coups in a little more than 80 years since the abolition of the absolute monarchy.

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Authorities in Thailand continue their investigation into Monday’s bombing that killed at least 20 people and injured more than 120 others in Bangkok. On Tuesday, a smaller explosive was tossed from a bridge near a pier. It fell into the water, and no one was injured. But government leaders are concerned about the impact of the violence on a critical part of the Thai economy: tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The government of Thailand thinks reporters need some help. Specifically, help with how they ask questions to the prime minister. And that will be the topic of a meeting next week with about 200 local and foreign journalists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

Thailand is ruled by a military junta. One that overthrew the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra a little more than a year ago.

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People around the world were shocked by recent pictures of refugees trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. But on the other side of the world, another refugee crisis is striking in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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US forces will be part of the largest multinational military exercises in the Asia Pacific this year, and they start this week in Thailand. The drills are called “Cobra Gold” and will involve more than twenty countries. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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It may not show up in your spam musubi, but the price of rice has been tumbling. In fact, the commodity fell to a 4 year low in Chicago trading this week. And the reason starts with Thailand. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It was ten years ago today that a powerful tsunami raced ashore across south and Southeast Asia. Tens of thousands were killed, and a decade later, the impact of the disaster still lingers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Taxpayers on Oahu are still absorbing the news that cost of the rail project is likely to rise by more than half a billion dollars. On the other side of the world, a different kind of rail project is taking shape. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A popular movie series in the United States is having a political impact on the other side of the world. A plot line from “The Hunger Games” has turned into a focus for government authorities in Thailand. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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   It’s been a week since military forces took over the government of Thailand. A curfew is in effect, media restrictions are in place, and the timing for any elections is uncertain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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