Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Shark Population in Pacific Plunges

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A new study shows a continuing decline in the population of sharks in the Pacific Ocean. The latest research indicates a continuing demand for shark fin soup—especially in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Storms Batter Asia

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Much of the focus of the U.S. news media remains on the aftermath of the “super-storm” called Sandy. But on the other side of the world, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, and dozens have been killed by a pair of storms that struck from the Philippines to China and India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Vietnam Jails Protest Singers

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When analysts point to Asian countries that are economic success stories, Vietnam usually makes the list. But an event this week is the latest reminder that when it comes to the issue of human rights, it’s a very different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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East China Sea Flap Hits Japan’s China Auto Sales

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Anti-Japanese protests in China are hurting the sales of some of the biggest automakers in the world. As companies report their latest quarterly earnings, more of the financial impact is becoming clear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Philippines Lures Japanese Investment; Challenges Remain

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More Japanese companies are looking to increase their business ties with the Philippines. A new report says there are economic reasons for the shift, as well as political considerations. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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