Asia Minute

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  This week is election week in India. And so was last week. In fact, national elections in the world’s largest democracy take about a month and a half to complete. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A labor dispute at a Chinese factory that makes shoes for some leading American brands has stretched to nearly two weeks. A strike at the facility has disrupted business, and is drawing increased international attention. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  President Obama is continuing his travels in Asia this week. Another well-known personality from North America is also in the region---and has managed to create a bit of a controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  According to the website Beauty.com, Hawaii has nearly seven tattoo parlors for every 100-thousand residents. If you’re among the inked, you might want to be careful about your travel plans. That is, if you have a certain type of tattoo…and if you’re heading for Sri Lanka. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A cargo ship belonging to a Japanese company has wound up in the middle of a dispute between Japan and China. A court in Shanghai has ruled the Chinese government can seize the ship because of a debt that pre-dates the second world war. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Sherry Bracken

A couple of months ago, the power went out at Kona Airport, for more than an hour.  No flights were affected, but the system did not work the way it was supposed to.  And then it happened again, and six outbound flights were delayed.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has an update.

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  Nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by pollution. Late last week, that word came from government officials in Beijing. And reaction is still coming from across the country—even from the state-run media. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  An emerging economy in Southeast Asia is getting more attention from the United States government. The focus is the economy, and a new office will soon be open for business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Melting in Manila

Apr 17, 2014
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  It takes about eleven hours to fly direct from Honolulu to Manila. But if you’re making travel plans for anytime soon, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  China’s economy is slowing down. That official word comes from the Beijing government, but the ripples spread much further. HPR’s bill dorman has more in today’s asia minute.

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   The head of the U-S Environmental Protection Agency is in Taiwan today. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is on the island to discuss environmental cooperation, but her visit is also noteworthy for other reasons. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been a little more than three years since the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. At the end of last week, Japan’s government announced a decision about nuclear power and the country’s energy future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There are less than three weeks left in the current session of Hawaii’s legislature. Elsewhere on the political calendar, primary elections are scheduled for this August, and the general election is in November. This summer is also election season elsewhere in the Pacific---Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  A battle over birth control in the Philippines has been going on for more than a decade. Two of the country’s most powerful institutions have been fighting each other. And this week, it’s come to a conclusion. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in China for a third day today. He’s on an Asian trip that began with a stop in Hawaii, and has included some friction in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A student-led occupation of Taiwan’s parliament will be ending later this week. Organizers have agreed to leave the building on Thursday…after talks with the legislative speaker. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  One of the biggest economic questions in Asia has a direct impact on Hawaii. It’s a question about Japan—and how much of an impact a tax increase will have on spending. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A picture snapped with President Obama this week is sparking some controversy. It’s not because it caught the president under any embarrassing circumstances, but it’s providing some publicity that’s definitely not endorsed by the White House. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s still too early for March tourism figures for the state…but statistics from February show the number of visitors fell slightly compared to a year earlier, while spending was flat. When it comes to the future of global tourism, a new report confirms much of the growth will come from Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Local residents in a southern Chinese city are protesting the construction of a new chemical plant. It’s the latest case of public anger potentially playing a role in changing plans of the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been two weeks since students in Taiwan entered the national legislature and occupied the building. They’re still there--protesting a proposed trade deal with mainland China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   Cars sales across the country are expected to rise slightly this month compared to a year ago. That word comes from Kelley Blue Book, which did not break out state-wide projections for Hawaii. In China, analysts expect growth in auto sales to be much stronger. And that’s leading to some changing international business plans. HPR’ Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Justice Delayed in Japan

Mar 28, 2014
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  The man who’s believed to be the world’s longest serving death row inmate was freed this week. It’s a case in Japan that goes back nearly fifty years…and now has a new twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues, the incident is having a number of impacts across Asia. One concerns political relations between Malaysia and China. And that is now extending to tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Pacific Business News reports about 15-percent of school age children in Hawaii attend private schools. That makes for more than 33-thousand students in the 75 largest private schools alone. The idea of private school is expanding elsewhere in the Pacific—in southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The politics of trade have taken a violent turn in Taiwan. Last week, protestors broke into the parliament building because of their concerns about a trade deal with China. This week, government forces responded. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia minute.

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   Two Asian leaders are beginning the week with an unusual meeting. Relations between Japan and South Korea have become frayed in recent years. The leader of each country has been in office a little more than a year, but they have not yet had an official summit. That will change because of the intervention of the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is the first Aloha Friday of the spring. That means celebrations in many parts of the world. But for one group marking the change of seasons, it meant trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There are about six weeks left in the current session of Hawaii’s legislature. While there have been some contentious issues, there hasn’t been anything like the disruptions that have hit Taiwan’s parliament this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  After nearly two months, the government of Thailand has lifted a state of emergency in and around Bangkok. Protesters in the area have dwindled, but the future of the government still remains unclear. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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