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The United States is expressing concern about the downward spiral in relations between two of its closest allies in the Asia Pacific. It’s been another week of disputes involving Japan and South Korea — and the concerns are stretching all the way to Hawaii.

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Mensa, that genius society, is staging a test to recruit new members here in Honolulu. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

President Trump is getting ready for his first face to face meeting with China’s president taking place next week in Florida. This week, there’s news of a case involving a State Department employee, Chinese intelligence agents, cash, and lies. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Amid the political crisis that's engulfed South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the government in Seoul reached a controversial agreement to share intelligence on North Korea with Japan. Opposition leaders accused the government of trying to divert attention from the scandal surrounding the President. we have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Each day, more information is coming out about Edward Snowden, the man who leaked details of certain operations of the National Security Agency after working here in Hawaii. As HPR’s Bill Dorman reports, this case is the latest reminder that Hawaii has a long history of playing a role in both intelligence and defense.