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Hawai‘i and Utah are the two most restrictive states when it comes to gambling—banning all forms of it.  They are among a handful of states that don’t have lotteries. Singapore has been experimenting with gambling in recent years—and there’s controversy about a new development coming later this month.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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You may have a favorite family recipe---or a whole set of them.  While recipes are often passed down through generations, sometimes there are secrets involved.  Think of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken—or the formula for Coca-Cola.  In Singapore, there’s a new twist on an old recipe—a very lucrative one. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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News of the Zika virus in recent weeks has focused on Brazil and in the United States, on Miami. But Zika is also a growing concern in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Prime Minister of Singapore is spending most of this week in Washington. It’s the first official state visit by a Singaporean leader in more than 30 years. And discussions will include at least one topic that came under fire at the political conventions of both republicans and democrats. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s news today about a multi-billion dollar rail project that will change the look of a capital city. It’s not the Honolulu rail project—this is a high speed train that would link Singapore with the capital city of Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The leaders of Singapore and Malaysia signed a train deal this week.  It’s a memo of understanding for a high-speed rail project that would link Singapore with Kuala Lumpur—about 185 miles.  Planners say it will turn what is now about a 5 hour drive into a 90 minute ride.

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Hillary Clinton’s email may be a topic that we continue to hear about in this presidential election year. But questions about government workers and their use of technology continue to evolve around the world. And they’ve just taken a sharp turn in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Asia’s largest aviation show is underway this week in Singapore.  The exhibits feature both civilian and military aircraft, and it’s already turned into a busy marketplace.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore will soon become the latest Asian nation to require all international visitors to scan their fingerprints. That’s been a requirement for international visitors coming to the United States for years. But Singapore’s move signals increasing concerns about terrorism in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

If you’ve traveled to Japan, Korea or Taiwan in the last nine years, you know the drill.

The stop at passport control at the airport includes an electronic scan of your fingerprints.

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Plans for a New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore have re-ignited a simmering public discussion there. The question concerns a controversial singer, a national broadcast, and the issue of gay rights. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Singer Adam Lambert rocketed to fame on the tv show “American Idol” and has sold millions of albums around the world.  He’s scheduled to headline a show in Singapore this New Year’s Eve - an event that will be shown live by state broadcaster Media Corp.

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After Turkey and the Philippines, Malaysia is the final stop on President Obama's current tour - and after the G20 in Antalya and APEC in Manila, it's another major multilateral meeting.  This time, ASEAN: the Association of South East Asian Nations.  As the current chair - Malaysia hosts the meeting, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minutes, its president is enmeshed in scandal.

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One of the many reasons to be grateful for Hawai‘i’s trade winds is that they keep vog away from residents north and west of the Big Island. But in some parts of the world, problems of hazy skies need more than trade winds as a solution. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

There is no school in Singapore today.

It’s not a national holiday---it’s a health precaution.

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Voters in Singapore go to the polls tomorrow to cast ballots in national elections.  For the first time in the country’s 50-year history, every seat in Parliament will be up for election—following a campaign that’s surprising for a number of reasons.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Elections in Singapore on Friday are not expected to produce any surprises - the People's Action Party has ruled the island city state ever since independence 50 years ago and is widely credited for the creation of one of the most prosperous countries in the world.  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute - analysts will measure tomorrow's results by looking at one number.

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Census figures out last week show that Hawai‘i’s kupuna population continues to grow. In fact, the number of people aged 65 and above is growing about 4 times faster than the state’s overall population. The aging of society is a policy concern for Asian leaders from Japan to South Korea. And the topic is now finding its way into government speeches in Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore’s Prime Minister told a university audience this week that his country’s population is aging faster than nearly any other country in the world.

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Honolulu’s rail project is still about three years away from its opening ride, as long as construction stays on schedule. Across the Pacific, the timeline of an even more ambitious rail project has just been pushed back. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Visitor spending in Hawai‘i has begun to plateau a bit over the early months of 2015. For international visitors, some of that is related to the continued strength of the dollar. Currency issues are also hitting another tourism market in the Pacific: Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Singapore has begun a week of mourning following the death of its founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. While the news of his passing was not a shock, it’s been a focus for media around the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The ballots are in for the best airport in the world. The Honolulu Airport was never close to making the top ten list. But six of the top ten are in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re like most people, you probably use quarters in parking meters when you need to. And maybe you carry around a certain amount of coins with you but not as much as has been changing hands recently in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  A relatively small city that has big plans for tourism has been named the top travel destination for 2015 by Lonely Planet. It’s been a country for less time than Hawaii’s been a state, and if you’re flying from Honolulu, you’ll need to change planes at least once. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you could work anywhere in the world, where would you choose? That’s the basic question a recent survey asked of 14,000 people living outside their home countries. And four of the top ten answers were in the Asia Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Earlier this spring, North Dakota bumped Hawaii from the top spot in Gallup’s annual survey of the happiest states. Hawaii still ranks in the top ten, but a drop in residents’ workplace satisfaction sent it from number one to number eight. When it comes to ranking the happiest countries in Asia, the rankings depend on who’s doing the asking.

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  Most of Hawaii’s visitors still come from the United States, but a growing number are visiting from other countries. International travel can bring certain challenges, and sometimes diplomats are asked to help. And at least in the case of Singapore, sometimes those requests can be unusual. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It won’t be news to anyone listening that Honolulu remains high on the list of expensive cities in the country. For example, the website payscale.com puts the overall cost of living in the state capital at about 65-percent above the national average. But when it comes to one recent compilation of the most expensive cities in the world, Honolulu doesn’t make the list. But several cities in Asia do. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Earlier this month, the Star-Advertiser reported Hawaiian Electric is in talks with the Navy about a plan to build the state’s first liquefied natural gas import terminal at Pearl Harbor. While stakeholders in Hawaii are considering using natural gas for the first time, Singapore is entering a new phase in its dependence on the fuel. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It’s been more than five months since last year’s molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor. While investigations continue into that incident, spills of a different kind are a concern elsewhere in the Pacific. The substance there is oil, and the location is Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re thinking about adopting a pet in the New Year, you don’t need to pass any special tests in the state of Hawaii. But if you live in Singapore, the authorities want to make sure you’re qualified. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Singapore’s government is investigating that country’s first riot in decades. According to local media reports, about twenty people were injured in the violence Sunday night.  Police say more than 400 people were involved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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General Motors is driving its global strategy in a slightly different direction. The company has announced it’s moving its international headquarters out of China…but not out of Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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The start of the new month brings some changes in different locations around the world. In Singapore, if you work for the government and you gamble, you may have to tell your boss. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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