Asia Minute

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This is already turning out to be another week of dramatic political developments in the United States. But in Southeast Asia, there is drama of a different kind as the president there begins his second term.

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This is a week of symbolism in Japan — perhaps with some diplomacy in the mix. The country’s new emperor will be at the center of a ceremonial event on Tuesday, and there may be an opening for some diplomatic progress in an entirely different area.

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For many Americans across the country and here in Hawaii, fall weekends often include watching sports of some kind. This week on the Korean peninsula, there was a sporting event that took a very different approach with spectators.

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Saturday will mark the 20th weekend in a row that protestors in Hong Kong take to the streets of the city. It follows another week of political controversy – both in Hong Kong and in the United States.

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Economic growth around the world is likely to be the slowest this year since the global recession of a decade ago. That word came from the International Monetary Fund Tuesday — and the news came under close examination in the Asia Pacific.

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There’s a trend that’s taking place around the world — a growing number of households occupied by just one person. It’s a pattern that is becoming especially clear in Asia.

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There are several beneficiaries of the apparent progress late last week on trade talks between the United States and China. First up are American farmers---who are expected to send more crops to China. Another location ready for reduced tensions: Hollywood. 

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One of the world’s richest inventors has dropped an ambitious plan for high-technology manufacturing in Southeast Asia. The decision means a shift for a well-known company and a leading regional economy. 

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Fears of strong winds and dry conditions that could produce wildfires are leading California’s main power utility to cut electricity to large areas in northern California. On the other side of the world, residents are taking different precautions following fires in Australia. 

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China and the United States resume trade discussion tomorrow in Washington. While the talks focus on economics, they’re also influenced by politics.

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250 years ago today British explorer James Cook went ashore onto the land of what it is now called New Zealand. The anniversary is being marked with some ceremonies, but not everyone is calling it a celebration.

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If you listen to some of your news or music by way of a smart speaker, you’re not alone. In fact, smart speakers are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. consumer electronics market. And sales are growing even faster in China.

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Professional basketball is making a splash in Hawaii this week. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Houston Rockets last night—and on Sunday they will host the Shanghai Sharks at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii. The NBA is also active in Asia this week and next week.

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Talks are underway between the United States and South Korea about sharing costs for U.S. forces based on the Korean peninsula. This is part of a longer story.

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There’s a question many Hawaii residents have asked that is growing around the world. How does one balance the preservation of natural beauty with a growing tourism industry? A new approach was announced this week in Indonesia.

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Today marks the end of an era in Japan. The very last phone paging service in the country stopped operating just after midnight.

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Recycling remains a challenge for both policymakers and consumers — not only here in Hawaii, but all around the world. In New Zealand, the government is trying a different approach when it comes to plastic bottles.

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Authorities in Hong Kong are bracing for another weekend of protests. It’s been the same pattern for several months, but this coming week will bring an especially sensitive time.

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President Trump says the United States and Japan have reached what he calls the “first stage of a phenomenal new trade agreement.” But the full details are a little less clear.

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Thousands of people have been protesting against the government in one of Asia’s largest cities this week. These demonstrations are not in Hong Kong, but in the capital city of Indonesia. 

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Japan and South Korea will begin discussions about a long-running trade dispute. The talks are part of a process set up by the World Trade Organization — but in South Korea, consumers are taking direct action. 

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The multi-billion-dollar world of Formula One Racing faces an unusual challenge this weekend. It’s not about stormy weather or road conditions -- the problem is air pollution in Southeast Asia. 

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The ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China continues to generate stories around the world. But another aspect of China’s trade is getting much less coverage. 

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Protests in Hong Kong have marked another milestone this week. It’s now been more than a hundred days since street demonstrations began in the city. And the path to resolution still looks complicated.

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Movement in the price of oil has been more subdued today compared to its biggest spike in more than a decade yesterday. A weekend drone attack on Saudi oil facilities could lead to economic pressures in different parts of the world, and that definitely includes the Asia Pacific.

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U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators are scheduled to resume talks next month. Late last week, China said it would loosen restrictions on some imports from the United States. And that includes one of the most important consumer products in China.

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It’s been more than a year since a Chicago restaurant sparked a local outrage here by trademarking the phrase “Aloha Poke.” Some legal issues related to that action are still pending, but this week there was a bit of an echo of that case in New Zealand.

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Scores of firefighters on Maui have fought a high number of brush fires this summer that have burned hundreds of acres of land. This week, fires elsewhere in the Pacific are causing problems for several countries.

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A continuing dispute between South Korea and Japan has moved from politics and history to business.

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Several construction and maintenance projects in Hawaii face delays because of President Trump’s diversion of government funding to build a wall at the southern border of the United States. More details have now emerged about other projects around the Asia Pacific that will also feel an impact.

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