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Last Friday night, a missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai was successfully intercepted in space by a new anti-ballistic missile, according to the US Missile Defense Agency. This was the most ambitious test yet of a weapon jointly developed by the United States and Japan…we have details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Hawai‘i’s most popular car brand is facing pressure from the Trump administration. Toyota started the week with an earnings report that disappointed investors. But executives also talked about what they see as one of the biggest threats facing the company: U.S. trade policy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis leaves on his first overseas trip in office later this week. He’s heading for South Korea and then Japan.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the travels in today’s Asia Minute.

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A new drug is coming on the market in Japan that reflects a growing trend. It’s a treatment for a chronic disease, but not for humans. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The new presidential administration in the United States remains a focus around the world this morning/today. And while “America First” was a theme of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, an important bit of international cooperation has been taking place thousands of miles from Washington. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returns to Japan today following nearly a week of travels around the Asia Pacific. Abe traveled to several countries, and the timing of his trip has a direct connection to political events here in the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The chief executive of Japan’s largest advertising agency is resigning. While that’s a headline in Japan, the reason behind the resignation is a broader story—one that touches on workplace culture, health, and change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As we’ve been reporting, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming to Hawai‘i next week, where he’ll visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama. Back in Tokyo, there’s another element at work in diplomatic relations between Japan and the United States. And this is on a much less serious level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Let’s start with the “Koi Dance” it’s a set of moves choreographed to the theme song of a Japanese TV drama.  Various groups are shooting and posting their own video versions.

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It seems like during every legislative session in Hawai‘i, there’s some discussion of legalized gambling. But Hawai‘i and Utah still remain the only two states in the country to ban any form of gambling. In the Asia Pacific, gambling is a growth industry—and this week another major economy moved a step closer to opening casinos. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Individual Design / Flickr

Census figures show residents of Hawai‘i are living longer than ever before…and that’s bringing a variety of challenges. From traffic safety to health issues, kūpuna care is a focus for a growing number of local families. And there may be some lessons from another place dealing with an aging population: Japan. 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.

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Donald Trump’s meeting yesterday with Japan’s Prime Minister has made national newscasts in the United States. But in Japan, it’s been a continuing story for some time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Two of Asia’s biggest economies have agreed to a new level of cooperation. Japan and India are launching a new round of business deals with a focus on nuclear energy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Tourism is enjoying another strong year in Hawai‘i. The most recent figures show visitor arrivals so far in 2016 are up by more than 2.5 percent from a year ago, while visitor spending is up nearly 4 percent. While the performance is solid, it’s nowhere near what’s going on in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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While the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians battle it out for Major League Baseball’s crown, they’re far from the only baseball teams still on the field.  Despite the name of the “World Series” there are at least three other pro leagues playing for championships right now—in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wind power is a growing part of Hawai‘i’s energy mix. As discussions continue about potential projects on different islands and even offshore, researchers are keeping an eye on some developments in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

When you think of wind power, you probably imagine those giant propellers spinning in the breeze.  That’s the standard design for harnessing wind energy—but when the winds speed up to hurricane strength, that can be a damaging time for the windmills.

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Video conferencing has been around for decades, but its use has exploded in recent years. As the business practice becomes more common, certain challenges have emerged. And one in particular has drawn the attention of a major Asian company. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Supporters of video conferencing say it can cut business travel expenses and provide better communication than old-fashioned telephone conference calls.  But what if you’re working from home---and you don’t really want to get all gussied up just to stare into a camera on your computer?

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Ryoko Kimura

Japanese art and crafts have a reputation for quality and centuries of what seem like unbroken tradition behind them.  A new exhibition coming to Honolulu will feature experts in traditional metalwork, ceramics, painting, and fabric dye who use impeccable technique to tell contemporary stories.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Imayo: Japan’s New Traditionists.

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Hawai‘i is on track for another record year in tourism in 2016. So is Japan—and government and business leaders there are adopting a new strategy to push their visitor numbers even higher. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

If you think “Pokemon Go” got people moving, wait till you hear about the latest tourism draw in Japan.  It’s related—built around the popular Japanese themes of anime and manga.  Anime is animation—but also so much more.

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Several parts of the islands have been hit with flooding at different points this summer. One characteristic of flash flooding is the intensity of sudden downpours—which are often unexpected. Research teams working in Japan have come up with a novel idea that might help. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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As many Americans were enjoying their Labor Day holiday yesterday, the Group of 20 wrapped up its leaders’ summit in China.  There was general agreement on macroeconomic policies—but no real breakthroughs.  Some of the more interesting parts included side meetings between various leaders—including the President of China and the Prime Minister of Japan.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Music stores may be more of a memory than a booming business in many places, including Hawai‘i.  Although venues such as Hungry Ear records and Ideas Music and Books in Honolulu are still in operation, in at least one part of Asia, record stories are still a growth industry.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that President Obama may decide to make a fundamental change to US nuclear policy, by issuing a formal declaration that the US would never be first to use nuclear weapons.  The report triggered alarm in Japan and South Korea.  We have more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

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National Museum of Nature and Science

The Hōkūle‘a is continuing its voyage along the coast of northern New England today. Earlier this week, a very different kind of canoe was launched on an experimental voyage on the other side of the world. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Two ocean-going grass canoes were launched from an island in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture….bound for another island about 50 miles away.  Each carried a crew of seven—part of a longer-term project studying possible migration patterns of early settlers to Japan.

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The emperor of Japan may be stepping down. Not immediately, but Japan’s national broadcaster NHK says he’s considering the move. And that was enough to dominate headlines across the country. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been 199 years since a Japanese emperor has voluntarily given up the Chrysanthemum Throne.  That was Emperor Kokaku….founder of the branch of the current royal family.

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Geothermal power has been part of the electricity grid for decades on Hawai‘i Island. In Japan, development of geothermal has been slow—but a recent move might speed things up. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Stories of computer hacking and security breaches have become common around the world. But a case this month in Japan has taken cyber-crime to a new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

 

 

This was a hack attack that integrated time zones, international banks, and more than a thousand ATM machines across Japan.

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The waters off Hawai‘i will be the scene of a new kind of military exercise next month. For the first time, forces from the United States, South Korea and Japan will hold a joint missile defense drill. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

This exercise will test an information-sharing network among the United States, Japan and South Korea…in case of a North Korean missile launch.

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Thousands of residents in southern Japan remain homeless—nearly three weeks after the region was struck by a series of powerful earthquakes. Local authorities are still working on improving refugee shelters, amid concerns that many families will be living there for some time. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Earlier today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the winner of the biggest defense contract in Australia's history.  While Japan was long believed to have the inside track, France received the order for 12 new submarines in a deal estimated at 39 billion dollars.  We have more from Neal Conan, in the Pacific News Minute.

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