Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Bears Lurk in Asia’s Financial Markets

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Stock markets in Asia came back a bit today from steep losses on Monday. Even so, there are a couple of financial bears wandering around the region. And if they stay, the impact could be felt here in Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia’s 'Dark Chocolate Therapy'

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If you feel like a little chocolate on this Monday, we have some interesting news for you. Researchers in Australia have become the latest to establish some benefits of modest consumption of chocolate—with some cautions. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wind Power Dispute Splits China, U.S.

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Renewable energy is sparking another trade battle between the United States and China. Last week we told you about new tariffs the U.S. is putting on solar panels made in China. This week the dispute focuses on wind power. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Myanmar’s Banking Revolution

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It’s been a dramatic couple of weeks for the southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. President Obama named a U.S.  ambassador to the country for the first time in more than twenty years. International sanctions are being eased as the country continues to move toward democratic reform. Now a piece of technology many of us take for granted is getting a lot of attention.

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Asian Hybrid Cars Growing in Popularity

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Hawaii is turning out to be a very popular test market for electric cars. And those looking for hybrid vehicles have a variety of choices around the islands. It was fifteen years ago that a Japanese company made the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. And now that same brand has passed another milestone. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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