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  The Tokyo city government has closed most of one of the city’s most popular parks.

It’s because of a rare outbreak of a disease usually associated with the tropics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  India’s Prime Minister has just wrapped up a 4 day visit to Japan. The main focus was business investment and development, but that wasn’t the only subject covered in top-level talks. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been nearly three and a half years since the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan that led to a crisis at a nuclear power plant. A decision Tuesday by a Japanese judge could have wide-ranging consequences for the operator of the plant. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the summer travel season stretches on, visitors from Japan are arriving in greater numbers than a year ago. But they’re not staying as long as last summer, and they’re spending less. And that may be related to the latest economic news from Tokyo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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  Parts of Hawai‘i Island and Maui continue to clean up today following Tropical Storm Iselle. Meanwhile, a storm on the other side of the Pacific has been hitting Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While residents across the islands prepare for the pair of storms headed our way, another storm system has been soaking the other side of the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There’s a new twist this week in security issues around the South China Sea. Vietnam will be receiving half a dozen patrol ships from an Asian neighbor…in a move that has wider regional implications. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Japan’s Prime Minister is in Latin America this week. His 5 country trip follows a similar recent visit by a powerful neighbor. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Japan’s legislature has opened a debate about legalizing casino gambling. And this week there are new estimates about just how much money a casino project might cost.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The tourism industry always gets a lot of attention in Hawaii. As most local residents know, the leading overseas market for visitors to Hawaii is Japan. But Japan is also becoming a more popular destination for travelers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There’s another round of tension in the East China Sea. This is a dispute between China and Japan. The two countries are trading accusations about an incident in the air earlier this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  News about North Korea often involves missile launches or weapons tests. But the latest news on the Hermit Kingdom does not focus on military matters…nor on its reclusive leader. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  The Prime Minister of Japan says he wants to boost the role of women in his country’s workforce. It’s a theme that Shinzo Abe spoke about in his campaign, and now he’s coming out with some policy specifics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is a week of unusual diplomacy for Japan. Several lawmakers are in Beijing, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leads another delegation to Europe. Both groups are focused on relations with China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  President Obama is continuing his travels in Asia this week. Another well-known personality from North America is also in the region---and has managed to create a bit of a controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A cargo ship belonging to a Japanese company has wound up in the middle of a dispute between Japan and China. A court in Shanghai has ruled the Chinese government can seize the ship because of a debt that pre-dates the second world war. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been a little more than three years since the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. At the end of last week, Japan’s government announced a decision about nuclear power and the country’s energy future. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  One of the biggest economic questions in Asia has a direct impact on Hawaii. It’s a question about Japan—and how much of an impact a tax increase will have on spending. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Justice Delayed in Japan

Mar 28, 2014
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  The man who’s believed to be the world’s longest serving death row inmate was freed this week. It’s a case in Japan that goes back nearly fifty years…and now has a new twist. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  While Hawaii’s state legislature considers raising the minimum wage during this session, broader salary discussions are going on in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put out the word that he wants companies to pay their workers more. And there may be some embarrassment involved for big companies who refuse. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 Extreme weather events around the world have pushed more attention to the study of rain and snow. A satellite launched from Asia last week is aimed at gathering more information in these areas—and ultimately help people prepare for the unexpected. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Currency volatility plays a role in the amount of money Japanese visitors spend during their time in Hawaii. It also affects how Japanese companies invest their money. And for several Japanese automakers, the result is a growing presence in Mexico. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tokyo Digs Out

Feb 18, 2014
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   Snowy weather on the mainland has provided a lot of headlines this winter. But recent snowfall in parts of Japan has sent officials there scrambling to check the record books. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  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.

Japan Recovery?

Jan 20, 2014
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   Later this month, the Hawaii Tourism Authority will release year-end figures on visitor arrivals for 2013. Through the first eleven months, visitors from Japan were up slightly, but they didn’t stay as long as they did a year earlier…and they spent less each day. Still, Japan remains the most important international market for Hawaii visitors. And that means state officials keep a close eye on the latest economic news from Tokyo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Researchers in Hawaii are planning more studies this year on geothermal energy. Right now, the only working geothermal projects are on the Big Island. But Maui and parts of Oahu are also under review for potential exploration. Geothermal energy is also a topic of interest in Japan…and government officials are extending that interest to Africa. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  2013 is wrapping up with a new round of tension between Japan and China. There’s been a quick reaction to a controversial shrine visit by Japan’s Prime Minister, and it’s also reached to South Korea. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Japan is increasing its defense spending. That’s not a real surprise—but the government has announced details of a five-year plan…getting an immediate response from China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Lost World War II Submarine Found Off Oahu

Dec 9, 2013
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It’s a World War Two mystery with a Cold War twist. Researchers have found a Japanese super-submarine, buried nearly 2,500 feet below the sea. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more on the discovery of a lost World War II relic that’s been missing for more than six decades.

Gambling on Japan?

Nov 11, 2013
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Gambling is not on the agenda of this year’s special session of the Hawaii Legislature. But it’s a topic that’s on the mind of politicians in Japan. A group of lawmakers in Tokyo says support is growing to lift a ban on casino gambling. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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