Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Japan-Based Panasonic Invests $500 Million Abroad

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The solar energy industry is breaking into a new part of Asia. Panasonic is building a factory in Malaysia to produce solar cells---a key component of solar panels. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thai Floods Produce Refugees, Manufacturing Delays

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Thailand is just beginning to recover from its worst flooding in fifty years. The Thai government says the death toll from the floods has passed 600 and more than 80 % of the country’s provinces were affected. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Cookies: Hot Topic on Korean Border

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Among the many things to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving is peace across most of the world. And despite occasional tensions, that includes a quiet border between North and South Korea. There are many diplomatic strategies that help to keep the peace … including an unlikely snack item. HPR's Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Factory Protests in China Gain Media Attention

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In the past several months, there have been increasing reports of protests at factories in China. This week several hundred workers walked off the job in the southern part of the country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Shark Fin Soup Losing Customers

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The movement to ban shark fin soup is gaining ground this week. Hawaii outlawed the soup earlier this year, followed by California. The practice of cutting off the fins to make the soup usually kills the shark, which is left to die in the ocean. Activists say they’re now winning converts in some surprising places. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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