Asia Minute

Reports on Asia from HPR's News Director Bill Dorman

Hawaii and 'Singapore's Oil Speculators'

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During Governor Abercrombie’s State of the State address, he talked about how global oil prices affect Hawaii’s economy. At one point, he said, "We are totally in the hands of oil speculators in Singapore.” So who are these people? HPR’s Bill Dorman has some answers in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia Expects 'Dragon' Babies to Boost Birth Rate

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This weekend saw a number of celebrations around the state marking the Lunar New Year. Today is the official start of the Year of the Dragon. And across much of Asia, that means a baby boom. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawaii Energy Prices Tied to Events in Asia

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Energy is a shared concern for all Hawaii residents. Not only do we pay the highest electricity rates in the nation, development of renewable energy is one of the top priorities for both government and business.

According to a new report, global demand for all kinds of energy will grow by nearly 40% over the next 18 years, largely because of developments in Asia.

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In Japan, A New Security System for Cars

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What kind of security do you have? At the very least, you probably lock your door. Then there are passwords for computers and automated teller machines. If you work in a specialized field, you may even have a fingerprint reader. In Japan, they’re working on a different kind of recognition. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Taiwan's President Wins Second Term

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The first major international election of 2012 is over. Taiwan's president won re-election this weekend---a development that means closer ties with mainland China are likely to continue. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today's Asia Minute.

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