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We’re still two weeks away from the Year of the Horse, but preparations for the lunar new year are already underway in China. The government tracks a forty-day travel period surrounding the holiday…and that started this week. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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 While temperatures remain generally pleasant across the state this week, that’s certainly not the case in Australia. Parts of that country are sweltering under a heat wave that’s led to brush fires, electricity outages and safety warnings. And researchers there are blaming climate change. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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South Korea plans to cut back on its use of nuclear power. But that has not stopped the country’s president from lobbying for a greater role in the development of the nuclear power program of India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  As the state legislature gets ready to start its new session tomorrow, lawmakers are well aware that 2014 is an election year here in Hawaii. It’s also supposed to be an election year in Thailand, in just a few weeks. But that date may now be in doubt. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Some fishing rules have changed a bit across the islands with the start of the New Year. For example,  on Oahu, fishing is allowed this year off Diamond Head…on the Ewa Side of the Waikiki Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse. Off the west coast of the Big Island, scuba divers can no longer spear fish. Further from Hawaii, other rule changes have been proposed and are causing some controversy. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains 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.

Chinese Puff Piece

Jan 9, 2014
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  We’re now nine days into the New Year…and that means nine days into tighter restrictions on outdoor smoking on Oahu. It’s now illegal to smoke at all beaches, parks and pools on the island…and within 20 feet of bus stops. The rules are still a lot looser in China…but it looks like that will be changing. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  There was a notable death this week in Asia. Some media have called him the “Father of Hong Kong’s Film Industry.” But he also did much more in a colorful life that stretched over more than a century. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute..

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  Tomorrow will mark two months since a powerful storm swept through the Philippines.

The government says 16-million Filipinos were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This week, the region hit hardest by the storm is marking some progress toward recovery. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  2014 is an election year—not just in Hawaii, but also in different parts of the world. That includes India—where the current prime minister has just announced he’ll be stepping down. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’ve been feeling out of sorts the last few days, maybe you can blame the vog. Researchers in China are now doing work to see whether there’s a link between cloudy skies and mental health. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Economies across Asia had an uneven year in 2013. Overall, regional growth was a bit slower than many had expected at the start of the year. HPR’s Bill Dorman looks at prospects for economic growth in Asia in the New Year in today’s Asia Minute.

Asia Markets: 2013

Jan 2, 2014
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  For international investors, 2013 was a year of some market surprises across Asia. The strongest regional stock market was in Japan, while the weakest was in China. Other markets turned in a mixed performance. HPR’s Bill Dorman reviews the results in today’s Asia Minute.

Singapore’s Pet Test

Dec 31, 2013
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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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Earlier this year, Hawaii became the 40th state to ban texting while driving. Texting has grown a lot in the last several years. A recent study found more than 80-percent of U.S. adults use their phones to text. But for some people in South Korea, texting has entirely taken over the telephone. HPR’s bill dorman explains 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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  If you happened to get a smart phone for Christmas, you may still be exploring all the things you can do with it. One of the more unusual activities would be to make a movie. And maybe your work will show up in a film festival in Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Christmas Across Asia

Dec 26, 2013
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  Christmas Day is not the biggest holiday of the year across most of Asia---New Year’s surpasses it in most locations. But the holiday is celebrated with various celebrations.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  If you’re listening to the news from home or in your car this morning/this afternoon, you may not be headed out of town for the holidays. This is one of the busiest travel times of the year—with all the delays that can go with it. But one case in Indonesia takes airport nightmares to a whole new level. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  When Hawaii’s legislature starts its new session next month, genetically engineered crops are likely to be on the agenda in some way. While individual counties have weighed in on policies surrounding GMO’s, there has not yet been a state-wide approach. In recent weeks, GMO corn has become an issue for U-S exports to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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As the end of year holiday season approaches in China, government officials have been urging people to be frugal in their celebrations. Now that approach has extended to another area: funerals. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This past weekend, “Kokua for the Philippines” raised nearly two-million dollars for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The United States has just announced it’s sending another 25-million dollars to help with reconstruction, which is a multibillion dollar job. 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.

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  This week remains a tense one on the Korean peninsula. Last week, word emerged that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his uncle. This week, reactions are cautious from Seoul to Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   If you’re planning for the holiday season, fireworks may be part of your celebrations as we get closer to the New Year. In a dramatic change, fireworks may NOT be a part of those festivities in China. It all depends on the weather. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been nearly two weeks since same sex marriage ceremonies began taking place in Hawaii. But across Asia, it’s been a difficult week for gay activists. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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   It’s been a strong autumn for auto sales…both here in Hawaii and across the country. But the recent auto news from Australia has been disappointing to locals there. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia minute.

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   Christmas is two weeks away, which means there’s still a lot of time left in this holiday shopping season. But in Hong Kong, there’s a stuffed animal that’s so popular it’s already sold out. The appeal has less to do with kids and more to do with politics. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains 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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 According to a weekend story in the Business Standard newspaper, India will be sending warships to Hawaii this summer. It will mark the first time the country will take part in the Rim of the Pacific exercises. While that event in June is the world’s largest naval exercise, the Asia Pacific has recently seen a number of smaller drills. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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