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Indonesia’s president has just started a five-day visit to the United States. He’s following a path that’s similar to recent trips of other Asian leaders—including meetings not only with government officials, but also with technology executives.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s become a familiar pattern: Asian leaders travel to Washington DC for discussions and photo opportunities, and also stop by the west coast for the same activities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping did it last month…so did Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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It’s another tough week for air quality in parts of Southeast Asia. Haze is continuing to blow across the region from illegal forest fires set in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Authorities in Indonesia seem to be trying just about everything they can to fight illegal fires.

After first resisting international help, now they’re using firefighting resources from as far away as Australia.

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Next Tuesday, Indonesia’s president will mark one year in office. Joko Widodo came to power with promises of reform and change.  As part of our series “Following Up,” HPR’s Bill Dorman brings us up to date in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been another week of unhealthy air for many residents of Southeast Asia. The culprit is haze—coming from fires burning in Indonesia. A related factor coming under closer examination: palm oil.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Palm oil plantations have become so widespread across Indonesia that they now cover an area the size of Iceland.  That calculation was done by Reuters—which also reports a rising demand for sustainable palm oil.  That means sourcing from plantations that do not clear land by burning forests, and that maintain other standards.

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The construction of Honolulu’s rail project is already having an impact on everything from traffic to local jobs.  In Asia, a rail project of roughly the same value was suddenly cancelled.  And that’s left potential contractors scrambling for what comes next.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It was going to be a 5-billion dollar project—a high-speed rail linking Jakarta to Bandung on Indonesia’s island of Java.  Chinese and Japanese companies competed fiercely on proposals, and governments got involved—sending high-level envoys to negotiate last-minute deals.

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While the storm system of Ignacio is moving away from Hawai‘i, forecasters are quick to remind everyone that hurricane season in the islands lasts until the end of November. On the mainland, large portions of the west are still facing wildfire season. But in Southeast Asia, it’s the season for a different kind of fire—and haze.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

Honolulu rail officials will be giving a progress report to the city council’s transportation committee this Thursday.  They’ll also be sharing updates on the 5.3-billion dollar project at a pair of neighborhood board meetings this week.  A rail system with a similar price tag is planned elsewhere in the Pacific, with some developments expected soon.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Indonesia is one of the Asian economies hit by China’s currency devaluation. It’s been a busy week for the president—who has already shaken up his cabinet and is about to deliver his first State of the Union address. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Joko Widodo has been president of Indonesia for less than a year. He’s the first president of the country to not come from the military or the politically-connected elite. He used to run a furniture business in Jakarta, where he later became mayor.

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This is a busy week for the international profile of Indonesia.  The president has hosted the British Prime Minister and made his first state visit to Singapore. But the activity also underlines some of the challenges facing the biggest economy in Southeast Asia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, last week, a summit meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group ended with an apparent victory for Indonesia, while the United Liberation Movement for West Papua fell short. Details from Neal Conan in our latest Pacific News Minute.

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Hawai‘i Island’s Kīlauea Volcano remains one of the most active in the world—its most recent eruption has been going on since 1983. Right now, the lava movements are not disrupting the lives of people. On the other side of the Pacific, it’s a much different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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According to the commercial real estate company CBRE Hawaii, the stores at Ala Moana shopping mall take in nearly three-billion dollars a year. Many of those sales are luxury goods sold to people who live overseas. Now one Asian nation is taking steps to change some high-end shopping habits. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Indonesia has executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling. The cases gained wide international attention, especially over the last several months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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For fans of certain sports, this is playoff time. From high school baseball to professional basketball, teams are rallying to push through the end of the season. In Asia, there’s a different sport that’s making some headlines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

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Seven weeks from today will mark the 143rd anniversary of Kamehameha Day. It’s a holiday that’s unique to Hawai‘i, and an opportunity for historical and cultural celebrations. This week, Indonesia observed a different kind of holiday, with its own historical significance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia minute.

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Marie / Flickr

This is another busy week for Hawai‘i’s legislature, as bills approved in the house or the senate cross over to the other body for consideration. Across the Pacific, a national legislature is considering a controversial law, one would that ban alcohol. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

Facilities that burn waste and produce energy are located across the United States including here on O‘ahu. But for a number of reasons, construction of these plants has slowed in the US. In Asia, it’s a different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Real estate prices around the islands have seen some fluctuations in recent weeks. But overall, the trend is moving up, as demand continues to outpace supply. But in an unusual real estate deal in Indonesia, supply and demand aren’t the only factors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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2014 was a record year for tourism in Hawai‘i. As the global market for hospitality continues to develop, specialty areas are emerging. And some of those are not likely to involve Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Hawai‘i abolished the death penalty back in 1957—two years before statehood. But capital punishment will come under closer examination this week in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Drug policy and the death penalty are causing diplomatic disruption in Indonesia this week. Brazil and the Netherlands have both recalled their ambassadors to Jakarta after citizens of those countries were executed over the weekend. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Teams are working to recover the wreckage of the Air Asia plane that went down in the Java Sea. The investigations continue into what happened, on a Southeast Asian flight path that may not be familiar to many Americans. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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  In less than three weeks, Hawaii’s minimum wage will be going up to $7.75 an hour—fifty cents higher than it is now. By January 2018, the minimum wage in the state will be $10.10 an hour.  A much different level of a minimum wage was the focus of demonstrations this week in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

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This Thanksgiving holiday marks one of the busiest travel periods of the year. If you or someone you love has spent time in the air this holiday season, you may be interested in the recent experiences of the new president of Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Gasoline prices in Hawaii continue to fall, part of a nationwide trend. The website gasbuddy.com says the statewide average this week is just under 4 dollars a gallon.  But in one Southeast Asian nation, gas prices are going the other way. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / The Diary of a Hotel Addict

The latest figures from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority show that visitor spending and arrivals are both up slightly from a year ago. But when it comes to the Asia Pacific tourism market, Hawai‘i faces increasing competition. And some of it is coming from an unexpected place. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta has never really been a tourist hub.

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  Hawai‘i Island is not the only place where elections lasted a bit longer than usual this summer. In Indonesia, there was a challenge to presidential election results and now that’s been resolved. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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Dita Alangkara/AP via NPR

  There’s a winner in the Indonesian presidential election held earlier this month. The governor of Jakarta won a narrow victory over a retired Army general. But the man who came in second place is not giving up. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  It will be more than a week before the official results are in for Indonesia’s presidential election. In the meantime, each of the two candidates is claiming victory, and the rest of the country is waiting. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  This is an election week in the world’s third-largest democracy. More than 187 million people in Indonesia will be eligible to vote in that country’s presidential election tomorrow. It’s a race that’s drawn a lot of international attention and may produce some surprises. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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