On July 2nd, the 62th Okinawa Times Award presentation ceremony and celebration were held at the Naha Terrace Hotel in Naha City. In the sport division, Gōjū-ryū master Higaonna Morio was awarded by the Okinawa Times Newspaper President Taketomi Kazuhiko for his services rendered to Okinawa karate. Higaonna sensei is the IOGKF Saikō Shihan or Supreme Master.

  Other awardees are: Okinawa Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd. and Mr. Higashi Yoshikazu (Okinawa Tourist Representative Director and Chairman) in the industry division, Shimabukuro Masaharu (Shimbukuro Murasaki no kai Sōke) in the cultural division, and Hoshino Hitoshi (NPO Sangosha Sukore representative) in the social activities division.

  Like every year, many people came to the venue to congratulate the awardees. More than 30 people from the Okinawa karate world also attended and celebrated the award together with the laureate.


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