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  The Pentagon spending bill that President Obama signed at the end of last year includes nearly half a billion dollars for improvements and upgrades to bases in Hawaii. When it comes to broader military spending in the Asia Pacific, figures are rising across the region. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  

  A debate about geography in East Asia has stretched all the way to the state of Virginia. The focus is now on school textbook, and what to call a certain body of water. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Some fishing rules have changed a bit across the islands with the start of the New Year. For example,  on Oahu, fishing is allowed this year off Diamond Head…on the Ewa Side of the Waikiki Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse. Off the west coast of the Big Island, scuba divers can no longer spear fish. Further from Hawaii, other rule changes have been proposed and are causing some controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Economies across Asia had an uneven year in 2013. Overall, regional growth was a bit slower than many had expected at the start of the year. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at prospects for economic growth in Asia in the New Year in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia Markets: 2013

Jan 2, 2014
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  For international investors, 2013 was a year of some market surprises across Asia. The strongest regional stock market was in Japan, while the weakest was in China. Other markets turned in a mixed performance. HPR’s Bill Dorman reviews the results in today’s Asia Minute.

Christmas Across Asia

Dec 26, 2013
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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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Flickr / World Bank Photo Collection

Lawmakers in Washington remain locked in a fight over the federal budget and raising the debt ceiling. In South Korea, budget issues of a different kind are sparking controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Ed Coyle Photography

Hawaii has the second highest concentration of millionaires in the country. Research from Phoenix Marketing International shows a little more than 7% of residents here are millionaires. Only Maryland has a higher percentage of wealth. But when it comes to millionaires on the international scene, some changes are coming. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Loic.Hofstedt

There’s confusion today about what exactly is happening with China’s economy. It’s an important question—because the answer will help determine the economic health of Asia. It will also have implications here in the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

If you’re like most Americans, chances are good that some article of clothing you own was made in Bangladesh. Only China produces more clothing for export. And workers in the industry say it’s time for a raise. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Asian Bookworms

Sep 23, 2013
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Flickr / sm0k1nggnu

You may have spent some time over the weekend reading a book…either in print or maybe in electronic form. The Association of American Publishers says more than 20% of the books sold in the U.S. are now e-books. Sales of e-books are growing in Asia too, but with some unusual developments. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Korea’s Coffee Fix

Sep 19, 2013
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Flickr / puuikibeach

One of Hawaii’s top crops may be developing a new fan base. Coffee consumption has been growing in many parts of the world—in locations as diverse as India and the United Arab Emirates. But perhaps the most surprising figures are out this week from South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / CCS Insight

Who made the phone that you carry around all day? If you’re one of the growing number of Americans who use a smart phone…chances are that at least part of the technology has something to do with Apple or Samsung. While these two technology giants battle it out around the world…events are moving especially fast in one part of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / ToGa Wanderings

The Chinese government is making policy changes to improve the country’s air quality. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Lukman Anugerah Mirda

A dozen years ago, Miss Hawaii took part in the Miss World Pageant. This year, Miss World USA is from California—but all of the contestants are facing some unusual challenges this month in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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AFP

Much of Japan is still celebrating Tokyo’s naming as the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. But further north, another Japanese city is in the news—for a very different reason. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Frühtau

As the new work week begins, there are signs of slightly easing tensions between North and South Korea. The two countries have restored the military hotline that was disconnected in March. And a couple of events taking place this week may show some further progress. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been a busy year so far for visitors from Australia. The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports travelers from Australia are up by nearly a third compared to a year ago. But any Australians visiting the islands this weekend may have done some early voting. Otherwise, they’ll be missing an election at home. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

As the Group of Twenty nations gather in Russia today, much of the media’s focus will be on Syria. But the host country is a growing part of the Asia Pacific. And that’s been underlined by a number of developments quietly taking place over the summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / j.anniewang

We’re still a couple of weeks away from the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. That’s a Chinese holiday that’s also celebrated by many people here in Hawaii. And one of the stars of the festival is the moon cake…which is now an unlikely target of official attention in China. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

On most measures of water quality, Hawaii scores well compared to other states. But recent reports from Asia show two of the region’s largest countries face a growing crisis when it comes to water pollution. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Ed Jones / Getty Images

Earlier this year, the Honolulu zoo introduced three lion cubs to the islands. While local residents here can see lions of various sizes…at one zoo in China, that’s a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

68 years ago today Japan gave its unconditional surrender…bringing the second world war to a close. Today, the Pacific is peaceful…but regional tensions remain. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / LifeSupercharger

While you can still get Kahuku shrimp fresh off some food trucks on Oahu’s north shore, most shrimp consumed in the U.S. is imported. A lot of that shrimp comes from Asia---and some of it is a topic of a trade dispute. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / weirdchina

Much of this week’s weather across the islands is expected to be seasonal. For Hawaii, that means lots of sun with trade winds. But across much of east Asia this summer, this summer is bringing record heat. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / citizen404

Despite progress with renewable energy, Hawaii still depends on imported oil. So does the United States. In fact, the U.S. imports more oil than anyone else in the world. But that ranking may soon belong to an Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / adams.co.tt

It may be “Aloha Friday” in Hawaii, but today is “National Day” in Singapore. It’s the 48th anniversary of the founding of the nation…and one of southeast Asia’s most dynamic economies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / dragon00knight

According to census figures, more than 80% of households in Hawaii have at least one computer. You might use a desktop or a laptop—a tablet or a smartphone. But some Asian technology companies are planning computers for the next level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Sonya >> 搜你丫

State health workers in Hawaii have been monitoring developments in cases of bird flu. So far that has not been an issue in the islands, but in China a new strain of bird flu has taken another twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / jpellgen

North Korea remains one of the mysteries of the modern world. While security officials track the country’s nuclear ambitions, there are surprises on a less dramatic level: including cell phones. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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