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Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman
Next Tuesday, Governor Abercrombie will deliver his annual state of the state speech to the legislature. He’ll be hoping for a better reception than the chief executive of Hong Kong got this week when he delivered a similar policy address. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.
The Lunar New Year is about three weeks away. While in Hawaii that will mean celebrations and cultural events, in Asia it will mean the end to a very busy year at the region’s maternity wards. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
As Hawaii’s legislature begins its 2013 session later today, lawmakers are preparing to introduce a number of bills. It’s a similar story on a national scale in South Korea, where a new parliament is considering several new measures. One early focus is the status of women in Korean companies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
The air pollution in Beijing has gotten so bad in recent days that it’s dominating the news in all official Chinese media. The state-run China Daily says production has been suspended at nearly 60 factories, and residents are still being warned not to spend too much time outside. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.
A high-level U.S. government delegation is traveling to Japan and South Korea this week. The trip follows recent elections in both countries—and marks an opportunity to improve what’s become a difficult relationship. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.