Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Indonesia: President Concerned About Lopsided Soccer Match

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The president of Indonesia has raised concerns about some recent events involving his country. But these are not worries about national security or global trade or even environmental issues. It’s all about soccer. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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U.S. Embassy: Air Quality in Beijing "Very Unhealthy"

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China’s government is taking steps to clean up the country’s air. But a top environmental official in the country says most of China’s cities fail to meet the new standards. HPR’s
Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Erykah Badu’s Malaysian Ink Issue

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An American music star is making headlines in Asia for a show that didn’t happen. The government of Malaysia wound up cancelling the concert---all because of a temporary tattoo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Floods Mean Thailand Losing Some Japanese Factories

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Thailand’s tourism authority says the country is starting to attract more visitors ... following devastating floods across much of the country last year. The economy is still recovering from that flooding---and it may lead some Japanese companies to change their investment plans. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Australia's Billabong Surfing Rough Waters

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If you’re a surfer, or just someone who enjoys surf wear, here’s an update for you. The Australian clothing maker Billabong is making changes---and some may reach to the shores of Hawaii. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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