Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

China Gearing Up Auto Exports

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If you happen to be listening to this on a car radio, you know your vehicle came to Hawaii on a ship at some point. The export of automobiles is a shifting world—and it’s got a new player. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Outsourcing Homework for a Fourth Grader

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If you’ve got kids, or even if you’re an auntie or uncle, chances are you’ve helped with homework. But there are varying levels of help…and a Chinese businessman has taken the practice to an entirely new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Back to the Future: Honda Expands Japan Production

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The Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association expects 2013 will be another strong year for car sales across the islands—projecting an increase of nearly 7%. If the past is any guide, Japanese cars will lead the way. This week, one Japanese automaker announced plans for something it hasn’t done in nearly half a century. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute…

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Unofficial Basketball Diplomacy Hits North Korea

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It’s been two weeks since North Korea conducted its latest underground nuclear test. While the country faces an increasing number of international sanctions, it’s also getting an unusual set of visitors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore's Approach to Sustainable Energy Includes Coal

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Researchers in Hawaii and elsewhere are working on alternatives to fossil fuels. Some of that research is taking place in Singapore. It may seem contradictory, but this week, the city is also opening its first coal burning plant. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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