Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Red Bull’s Thai Inventor Dies at 89

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One of Thailand's richest people died over the weekend. The billionaire's name is not likely to be a familiar one, but the product that helped make him a wealthy man is another story. HPR's Bill Dorman has it in today's Asia Minute.

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After Ten Years, Singapore's Domestic Workers Get a Day Off

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If you’re starting your work week after two days off, you already have an edge on working people in some parts of the world. For example, in Hong Kong, maids usually get only one day off each week. But that’s better than what happens in Singapore.

HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Kiribati: As Ocean Rises, President Shops for New Land

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It’s been a violent week for weather across the islands. Heavy rains and flooding have washed out roads and isolated some communities. But for the Pacific island of Kiribati, the problems of flooding are on an entirely different level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Multinational Military Exercises in South China Sea

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The U.S. Pacific Command gets a new leader tomorrow. Admiral Samuel Locklear will take over from retiring Admiral Robert Willard in a ceremony at Camp Smith on Oahu. The Pacific Command stretches all the way to the western border of India … and includes a number of countries that hold joint military exercises with U.S. forces. The latest maneuvers to be announced involve the Philippines.

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Japan Explores Geothermal Potential

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Nearly a year after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan, the government is looking at a number of options to generate electricity. One possibility is to use a strategy that’s already a part of daily life for many people on the Big Island: geothermal energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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