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.

Flickr / Official U.S. Navy Imagery
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 / 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 / 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 / toyohara

There’s word this week of a looming wine shortage in the world. That’s according to a report from Morgan Stanley—and part of the story behind the report centers on Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / vanhookc

Auto dealers in Hawaii expect to see positive numbers when their next sales figures are announced next month. As usual, you can expect Japanese automakers to top the charts. And according to some of the latest international numbers, a Japanese automaker also tops the global charts. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / kmichiels

The future of nuclear power in Japan remains uncertain. Next March will mark the third anniversary of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in the northern part of the country. But elsewhere in Asia, another country is plunging ahead with a nuclear future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dominiklukes

If you like technological gadgets, you may be interested in what’s coming out of Asia. Recent products include phones you can wear--and a new kind of smart phone. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Rollinho

As you’ve been hearing today on NPR, Senate leaders have reached a tentative deal to avoid default and end the government shutdown---which has lingered for more than two weeks. Despite the agreement,  the financial troubles of the United States are not over. And there is a growing sense of frustration in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute

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Flickr / euyoung

One of the biggest names in consumer electronics is making headlines for a different reason this week. Samsung is going to new lengths when it comes to company recruiting. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / chrisUK

School’s been back in session around the islands since August. But in China, hundreds of thousands of JOURNALISTS are about to go through some further educational training…whether they want to or not. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Ski North Korea?

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Flickr / raus kinnie

Winter is still two and a half months away, but it’s not too early for skiers around the islands to plan their trips. Colorado and Utah are popular destinations for ski resorts…but an unusual one may be added soon: North Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / Erica Hargreave
Flickr / Erica Hargreave

Two counties in Hawaii are considering some form of regulation when it comes to genetically modified food. While this topic has been an issue of controversy in the islands for some time, it’s also sparking reaction in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

This week’s APEC leaders meeting in Bali was marked by the absence of President Obama, who stayed home because of the government shutdown. But the meeting also underlined a growing dispute between two of the biggest regional allies of the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / epSos.de

Because of the government shut-down, President Obama is not among those gathered at the APEC leaders meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia. While the Asia Pacific region continues to grow faster than the rest of the world, it’s also facing challenges. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / FireTom

Thailand has been drenched by three weeks of heavy monsoon flooding. Government officials say about 3-million people across the country have been affected…and the rains aren’t over yet. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

If you see more Chinese tourists than usual in the islands this week, it might be because this is China’s “Golden Week.” It’s one of the country’s semi-annual set of holidays—the other one comes in the spring. But this fall’s holidays come with a new set of rules. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Ivan Yan
Ivan Yan

Because of the government shutdown, the White House says President Obama is scaling back his travel in Asia next week. That made front page news in the region—as did the travel plans of another world leader: the president of China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Michael Spencer

The start of the new month brings some changes in different locations around the world. In Singapore, if you work for the government and you gamble, you may have to tell your boss. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Hawaii is continuing to grow. But China’s government has some advice for citizens traveling anywhere overseas. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Honolulu is not the only city with a debate about trains. In Vietnam, there’s been an ongoing discussion about improving the rail link between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Voters across Pakistan will go to the polls tomorrow for national parliamentary elections. While the campaign has been marked by violence, the event will also produce some history. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea

The president of South Korea spent a couple of days in Washington this week. She met with President Obama and told a joint session of Congress that it’s time to stop rewarding North Korea for bad behavior. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

With news events elsewhere developing rapidly over the past week, North Korea has been pushed off the front pages of many of the world’s newspapers. But it may not stay that way. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

  There’s a new development this week in a multi-billion dollar train project that will change the look of a city. It’s not Honolulu—but Bangkok. And the next step of the project involves the stock market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Government workers who deal with documents sometimes come across cases of mistaken identity. But a recent situation in China takes the concept to a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

  

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is working on the next step of the city’s multi-billion dollar rail project. Officials are preparing a report on their archeological survey, which was completed last month. Across the Pacific, another rail project is at a very different stage—HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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