Japan

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Flickr / Canadian Pacific

One of Japan’s biggest banks has admitted doing business with gangsters. That revelation is putting new attention on the relationships between banks and organized crime in Asia’s second-largest economy. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

This week’s APEC leaders meeting in Bali was marked by the absence of President Obama, who stayed home because of the government shutdown. But the meeting also underlined a growing dispute between two of the biggest regional allies of the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Fried Dough

Strawberries are not the biggest crop in Hawaii, although farmers do grow them in upcountry Maui and on the Big Island. A Japanese company better known for televisions and other electronics is now looking at strawberries as a new line of business. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

AFP
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.

The pursuit of new energy sources is a focus for many countries right now. In Hawaii, that search is centered on renewable energy. But in some parts of Asia, they’re exploring for a different kind of fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / SimplyInfo
Flickr / SimplyInfo

It’s been nearly two and a half years since an earthquake and tsunami led to disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in northern Japan. This week, Japan’s government announced highly radioactive water has been leaking from the facility. It’s the latest indication the plant’s troubles are far from over. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more 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.

Japan’s government may be on its way to using military drones for surveillance in the Pacific Ocean. That’s part of the news from a defense paper just issued in Tokyo. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / IAEA Imagebank

Nuclear power is slowly making a comeback in Japan. It’s been more than two years since an earthquake and tsunami crippled a nuclear plant in the north of the country. This week, several utilities are taking initial steps to return to operation. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Dick Thomas Johnson

It’s been a volatile week for the world’s financial markets. That’s especially true in Asia—and in the country that’s the most important to Hawaii’s visitor industry: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s been twenty years since the first non-Japanese wrestler became a grand champion of sumo. Chad Rowan of Waimanalo wrestled under the name of Akebono. Decades later, sumo is marking a new round of diversity. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / Carl N San Diego

An international group is moving closer to an agreement that would restrict world wide trade in sharks. But one country in Asia is resisting — and it’s not China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Flickr / im elsewhere
Flickr / im elsewhere

This may be Memorial Day in the United States…but in Japan it’s the beginning of melon season. And it kicked off last week with an eye-popping auction. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Summit Week for Myanmar

May 24, 2013
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Flickr / saidkristen

Japan’s Prime Minister is in Myanmar today. The visit comes at the end of a historic week for the southeast Asian nation. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism Trends Show Japanese Seeking Out Local Culture

Apr 25, 2013
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Flickr / chibirashka

March turned out to be another month of growth for tourism in the state. The Hawaii Tourism Authority says overall visitor arrivals were up 7.6% compared to a year earlier, while visitor spending was up 7.8%. The number of tourists coming from Japan was also up—by a little more than four percent. And a growing trend for those Japanese visitors is a movement beyond Waikiki---searching for a more local experience. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Noe Tanigawa

After over a century of persecution, the Ainu people were recognized as the indigenous people of Japan in 2008.  By that time, assimilation policies had nearly extinguished the Ainu language.  Population counts range from 25 thousand to over 200 thousand, as many do not acknowledge their ancestry. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first international exhibit by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, on view at the East West Center Gallery.

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