Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Googling Myanmar

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The chairman of Google is heading back to Asia. Earlier this year, Eric Schmidt faced some criticism for traveling to North Korea. Now, he’s heading to an emerging economy in a different part of the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia's Jobs Surprise

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Hawaii’s unemployment rate of just over 5% is better than the national average of nearly 8%. But in Australia, there have been some dramatic swings in the employment picture—especially with the latest news. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Philippines Launching Billion Dollar Bet on Casino Gambling

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A proposal to legalize casino gambling in Hawaii is not likely to pass into law this legislative session. But elsewhere in the Pacific, the industry is growing—and this weekend marks a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Weakening Yen Slowing Japanese Travel to Korea

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2013 has been a strong year for tourism in Hawaii so far. But tourism officials are keeping a watchful eye on the Japanese yen. A weaker yen is already making a difference when it comes to Japanese traveling to South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Disposable Chopsticks Troubling China

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Here in Hawaii, it’s common knowledge that chopsticks in Korean restaurants are metal. In most other cases they’re wooden, and quite frequently they’re designed to be used just once. In China, disposable chopsticks are sparking some concern. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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