Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Japan’s Rooftop Solar Strategy

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Japan’s government is trying a new twist to encourage households to put solar panels on their rooftops. The idea is for companies to rent space from private homes---and help residents turn a profit. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Closer Military Ties for U.S. and the Philippines

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The Pentagon is going through a number of changes—and some of them are likely to have an impact on Hawaii. Military forces based in the state will continue to play a leading role in the Asia Pacific. And that includes a changing relationship with the Philippines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Working Overtime in South Korea

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Creating jobs is a concern for every economy in the world. In South Korea, the government is taking a unique approach to the challenge. And in the process, it’s creating another benefit for workers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Solar Prices Beat Diesel in India

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Solar energy is a popular topic for political leaders this week. President Obama talked about it in his State of the Union speech. In the State of the State address, Governor Abercrombie mentioned solar as part of nearly seven dozen renewable energy projects underway around the state. But solar power is making different kinds of headlines in India.

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China's Next President Expected to be Xi Jinping

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This is a year of political change around the world. It’s an election year for every member of Hawaii’s legislature. There are also races for Congress and the Senate, plus the presidential election. But the United States is not the only country facing political change this year. China will be getting a new leader.

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