Japan

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Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet / Flickr

Over the past few days, the US Navy has displayed its power from the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean, sending aircraft carrier battle groups to exercise with its allies in Tokyo Bay and the Bay of Bengal.  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute - the demonstrations come amid widespread expectation of a patrol to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

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Ari Helminen / Flickr

Police across Japan are warning that developments in the world of organized crime there may lead to violence. The last time there was a split involving the Yakuza, the impact stretched all the way to Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Surian Soosay / Flickr

On Sunday, 120-thousand Japanese gathered outside the Diet to protest what they denounced as war legislation.  On Monday, the defense ministry submitted a proposed budget that asks for a fourth consecutive annual increase...details, from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Mike McCune / Flickr

It’s been a busy week aboard the International Space Station.  On Tuesday, crew members began unloading gear from a re-supply mission sent by Japan.  And while the shipment includes everything from food to emergency equipment, one part of the cargo is getting special attention.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Cracking down on drinking and driving is a priority for police in Hawai‘i, as it is everywhere else.  But drinking and a different kind of commuting is an issue in Japan, and that’s led one company to make some changes.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s not as pretty as cherry blossoms or as famous as Mount Fuji, but the drunk salaryman is a familiar sight to many visitors to Japan.

It’s a serious issue.

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oatsy40 / Flickr

An Australian court has overturned government plans for one of the world’s biggest coal mines.  That decision has led to other developments that have put the future of the project into doubt.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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mashleymorgan / Flickr

Last week Japan's parliament, the Diet, prompted considerable controversy when the lower house approved legislation that reinterprets the country's pacifist constitution to widen the circumstances under which the country could go to war.  With less notice, Japan also purchased five V-22 Ospreys...military aircraft that have been controversial for any number of reasons.  Details from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Marion Doss / Flickr

Over the weekend, an executive of Mitsubishi Materials apologized for forcing American prisoners of war to perform slave labor during World War Two. While the move was well-received in the United States, in parts of Asia there was a different reaction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Town Square: Japan and South Korea Relations

Jul 2, 2015
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  You would figure that two countries with democracy and open-market economies would be able to work closely together. But that’s not the case between Japan and South Korea. And although they have specific values in common, how they deal with one another and the U.S. deals with both is often a case of national identity. We talk to two scholars who call for a grand bargain in their new book. That’s today at 5 on HPR-2.

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Chalky Lives / Flickr

Women make up half of Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation and about a third of the state legislature. Both figures are higher than national averages. And a new report from Japan shows that country continues to lag when it comes to women in government as well as leadership positions in the private sector. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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halfrain / Flickr

The definition of what constitutes “locally-made” can produce some discussion around the islands, whether that product is “Kona coffee” or “locally-brewed beer.” That sort of debate is getting some attention in Japan when it comes to sake. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

So what’s the difference between “sake” and “Japanese sake?”

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Scott Pacaldo / Flickr

Companies here in Hawai‘i and around the world are always looking for a competitive edge. Part of a successful strategy is picking the right location for operations. And for dozens of Japanese companies, that means considering a change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

As many as 200 Japanese companies would like to shift some operations from China to the Philippines. That word came late last week, when Philippine President Benigno Aquino wrapped up a four-day visit to Japan…designed in part to draw interest from Japanese investors.

Japan’s Osprey Issues

May 19, 2015
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Airwolfhound / Flickr

  

Several Marines remain hospitalized following this weekend’s crash of an Osprey aircraft at Bellows Air Force Station. While the investigation into the cause continues in Hawai‘i, the incident is underlining some different concerns in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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Maurizio Pesce / Flickr

One of Japan’s global brands is in some financial trouble. This week, the Sharp Corporation announced a multi-billion dollar bailout from a consortium of Japanese banks, along with an uncertain future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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m01229 / Flickr

 

 Did you have a restful weekend? According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a quarter of the U.S. population doesn’t get enough sleep. And new research from Japan shows mobile devices could be keeping people up at night, especially young people. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Japan’s “golden week” holidays are underway—and will linger until the middle of next week. While some tourists have made their way to Hawai‘i, financial markets back home have had a volatile week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Day Donaldson / Flickr

Later today, Governor Ige will attend a state dinner at the White House honoring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  It’s part of a weeklong trip that will take Japan’s leader from coast to coast. Abe hopes to use the travels to show how the relationship between the countries is developing on a number of levels. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Cherry Blossom Politics

Mar 31, 2015
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Dick Thomas Johnson / Flickr

Cherry blossom season in Hawai‘i peaked a couple of months ago. But across East Asia, this is prime time for viewing the flowering trees. And that’s brought up some tensions about history that carry a political tone. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Four years ago this month, the world was focused on the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan.  This week, there’s been some movement when it comes to the future of nuclear power in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. And while much attention is focused on ceremonies this summer from Beijing to Moscow marking the actual end of the war, today marks an anniversary of a much different kind. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Governor David Ige holds a news conference later today, following his return to Hawai‘i from the national governors’ conference in Washington. A few months from now, Washington will host a very different political leader, one who may have an unusual opportunity. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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State employees in Hawai‘i get more than four weeks of vacation each year, along with 13 paid holidays—14 during an election year. And while taking time off doesn’t seem to be an issue here in the islands for state workers or in the private sector, apparently it is in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

  It’s official, 2014 was a record year for tourism. The final numbers aren’t yet in for Hawaii, but they are for Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The holiday season is an exciting time for football fans. The NFL season is approaching the playoffs and this year, so are the top college teams. But even the biggest fans may not know about the playoff season for football in Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This weekend, Japan’s Prime Minister won a political victory, but as the week began, he got another reminder about the economic challenges his government still faces. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A new law takes effect in Japan today having to do with state secrets. About 800 people opposing the law gathered in front of the country’s parliament this week. Critics say the law will limit freedom of the press and could potentially help the government cover up wrongdoing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The country that supplies more foreign visitors to Hawaii than any other has fallen back into recession.  News out this morning confirms that Japan’s economy shrank for a second consecutive quarter.  And one effect that could bring is a new set of elections.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Two ministers in the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have resigned. Both of them are women and both have stepped down over allegations of financial impropriety. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The most powerful storm so far this year is churning waters in the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Vongfong is moving slowly towards Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  In recent days, Japan’s government announced the country’s economy stumbled in the second quarter, largely because of an increase in the consumption tax. This week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on the road again this time traveling to Sri Lanka. But the biggest recent front page news in Japan has been another story entirely. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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