Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Cigarette Health Warnings Increased in Indonesia and Australia

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Honolulu’s city council has a number of items to take up in its new session. One is a proposed ban on smoking at certain beaches. While smoking restrictions have become common here, some parts of Asia have been slower to adjust. Now that’s starting to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Japan's Budget Boost Includes Military Spending

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There are new economic developments this week for one of Hawaii’s most important sources of tourism. Japan’s Prime Minister is expected to announce details of a new expanded budget package tomorrow. And the spending is not just aimed at improving the domestic economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Vietnam's Coffee Culture Draws Starbucks

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If you start your mornings with coffee—or even if you don’t—you may have an opinion about Starbucks. The coffee chain tends to generate strong feelings—both among fans and detractors. But love it or hate it, Starbucks latest expansion is opening up in a new corner of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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China "Deeply Disappointed" with U.S. Satellite Export Change

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Before President Obama left Hawaii this past weekend, he signed a wide-ranging bill into law called the Defense Authorization Act. One of the provisions of the law concerns sensitive export technology—and it’s already sparked a reaction from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute…

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Thailand's Chinese Tourist Boom

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The pace of visitors to Hawaii is slowing down after the recent holiday peak. When it comes to competition for some overseas visitors, one Asian market is making surprising strides. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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