Asia Minute

James Nash
James Nash

  If you happened to get a smart phone for Christmas, you may still be exploring all the things you can do with it. One of the more unusual activities would be to make a movie. And maybe your work will show up in a film festival in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Christmas Across Asia

Dec 26, 2013
Danny Choo
Danny Choo

  

  Christmas Day is not the biggest holiday of the year across most of Asia---New Year’s surpasses it in most locations. But the holiday is celebrated with various celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  If you’re listening to the news from home or in your car this morning/this afternoon, you may not be headed out of town for the holidays. This is one of the busiest travel times of the year—with all the delays that can go with it. But one case in Indonesia takes airport nightmares to a whole new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

 

  When Hawaii’s legislature starts its new session next month, genetically engineered crops are likely to be on the agenda in some way. While individual counties have weighed in on policies surrounding GMO’s, there has not yet been a state-wide approach. In recent weeks, GMO corn has become an issue for U-S exports to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia

As the end of year holiday season approaches in China, government officials have been urging people to be frugal in their celebrations. Now that approach has extended to another area: funerals. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia

  

  This past weekend, “Kokua for the Philippines” raised nearly two-million dollars for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The United States has just announced it’s sending another 25-million dollars to help with reconstruction, which is a multibillion dollar job. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia

  

  Japan is increasing its defense spending. That’s not a real surprise—but the government has announced details of a five-year plan…getting an immediate response from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

CC / Kok Leng Yeo
CC / Kok Leng Yeo

  

  This week remains a tense one on the Korean peninsula. Last week, word emerged that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his uncle. This week, reactions are cautious from Seoul to Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / xiaming

 

   If you’re planning for the holiday season, fireworks may be part of your celebrations as we get closer to the New Year. In a dramatic change, fireworks may NOT be a part of those festivities in China. It all depends on the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / David Jackmanson
Flickr / David Jackmanson

 

It’s been nearly two weeks since same sex marriage ceremonies began taking place in Hawaii. But across Asia, it’s been a difficult week for gay activists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / pedrosimoes7

 

   It’s been a strong autumn for auto sales…both here in Hawaii and across the country. But the recent auto news from Australia has been disappointing to locals there. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia minute.

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Flickr / yuen yan

 

   Christmas is two weeks away, which means there’s still a lot of time left in this holiday shopping season. But in Hong Kong, there’s a stuffed animal that’s so popular it’s already sold out. The appeal has less to do with kids and more to do with politics. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / James Cridland

  

  Singapore’s government is investigating that country’s first riot in decades. According to local media reports, about twenty people were injured in the violence Sunday night.  Police say more than 400 people were involved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Official U.S. Navy Imagery

 

 According to a weekend story in the Business Standard newspaper, India will be sending warships to Hawaii this summer. It will mark the first time the country will take part in the Rim of the Pacific exercises. While that event in June is the world’s largest naval exercise, the Asia Pacific has recently seen a number of smaller drills. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Sunset Noir

  

  Schools across parts of eastern China remain closed for a second day today. It’s not because of any holiday, but it’s because the air quality is so bad. And while air pollution stories from China have become commonplace, now they’re spreading across the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / samsungtomorrow

When you’re counting the things you’re thankful for this holiday season, smart phones may not make the list. In fact, the growing use of cell phones is causing a backlash in some parts of the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / suacctnt

Plans for the celebration of the Chinese New Year are already underway from Hilo to Kahului. Next year is the year of the Horse, according to the Chinese zodiac. And while the date itself isn’t until the end of January, officials in Beijing are already setting some rules. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / laverrue

When former Hawaii resident Edwin Snowden releases government documents, the headlines generally focus on U-S intelligence operations. But his activities are also causing ripples elsewhere—including Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the latest twists in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / hige-darumaひげだるまattractive woman Version

Workers for Tokyo Electric Power have successfully removed the first nuclear fuel rods from a cooling pool at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan. That word comes from the company—which is starting a process that will decades to complete. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute…

Flickr / U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia
Flickr / U.S. Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Residents across the islands are pitching in with contributions for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Organizers plan a benefit concert next month…Hawaii banks are collecting funds…and the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu is coordinating relief efforts. On the international front, contributors make up a long list—with differing levels of support. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / LA Wad

General Motors is driving its global strategy in a slightly different direction. The company has announced it’s moving its international headquarters out of China…but not out of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection

The pace of international relief efforts is picking up in the Philippines. It’s been a week since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the central part of the islands. And authorities are getting a better idea of the economic toll of the storm. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Putin’s Asian Travels

Nov 14, 2013
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Flickr / World Economic Forum

Much of the world’s attention this week has been focused on disaster recovery in the Philippines. But elsewhere in Asia, the president of Russia has been on the road, signing economic deals in Vietnam and announcing big plans in South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / elycefeliz

What’s your favorite soft drink? According to Beverage Digest, the top three bestsellers in the country are Coke, Diet Coke, and Pepsi. It’s a very different story in India…which is the latest battleground in the cola wars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / sinosplice

Retail stores in Hawaii and across the U.S. are looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Online retailers hope for strong follow-up sales on the so-called “Cyber Monday” that follows. But in China, this week has already kicked off with a dramatic day of sales. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Gambling on Japan?

Nov 11, 2013
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Flickr / maorix

Gambling is not on the agenda of this year’s special session of the Hawaii Legislature. But it’s a topic that’s on the mind of politicians in Japan. A group of lawmakers in Tokyo says support is growing to lift a ban on casino gambling. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / DarkB4Dawn

As you ponder your weekend plans on this Aloha Friday, they probably don’t include any political meetings. But if you were a government leader in China, it would be a different story. This weekend kicks off several days of meetings that could have an impact on the economy of China—which means it could affect the economy of the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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High school students in Hawaii can take college admission tests such as the SAT throughout the year. That’s NOT the case in South Korea…where everyone takes the test on the same day. And that stressful day for students is today. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / jankie

It’s been six years since Hawaii raised the state minimum wage. The current level of seven dollars and twenty five cents an hour matches the federal minimum wage. Both President Obama and Governor Abercrombie wanted to raise the minimum wage this year—neither was successful. One place where it looks like the minimum wage IS rising is Bangladesh. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / J.Gabás Esteban

Just last month, lawmakers, academics and space experts gathered in Honolulu to discuss the development of an aerospace industry in Hawaii. At the same time, Alaska and Hawaii announced a joint program to develop miniature satellites and other aerospace technology. In central Asia, India’s space program is taking a major step this week—to Mars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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