Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Asian Hybrids Rising Fast

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Sales of hybrid vehicles are on the rise in Hawaii. But they’re selling even faster in California—where the Toyota Prius has now become the best-selling vehicle line in the state. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asian Free Trade Agreements Go Beyond Borders

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In the continuing presidential campaign, there’s increasing talk about trade—and specifically, about free trade agreements. A free trade agreement between the U.S. and South Korea has been in effect since this spring, with some surprising developments. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Young Interns Latest Issue for FoxConn

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Apple’s main supplier in China has admitted using 14-year-olds as interns at a factory. It’s the latest controversy to hit FoxConn, which also does work for a number of other western companies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Korea's Shifting Happiness Index

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One question you’re likely to hear during today’s presidential debate is “are you better off now than you were four years ago?” While the political and economic circumstances are a bit different in South Korea, a slightly different version of that question provokes some surprising answers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Symphonic Dissonance Over Island Dispute

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A lingering dispute between China and Japan is hitting a wide range of groups. It’s not just business people and diplomats who are involved---it’s now even touched members of a national orchestra. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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