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Hirokazu Ueyonabaru returns home to Okinawa from the Tokyo Paralympics with two bronze medals in wheelchair T52 races, “the cheers gave me power”

Hirokazu Ueyonabaru returns home to Okinawa from the Tokyo Paralympics with two bronze medals in wheelchair T52 races, “the cheers gave me power”

August 31 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Hirokazu Ueyonabaru, 50, – SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. – who won the bronze medal in both the 400-meter and 1,500-meter men’s T52 wheelchair race, returned to Okinawa the evening of August 30, landing at Naha airport. Seeing the people who came out to met him, he said “It was a sigh of relief (to win a medal)” beaming a big smile.

That morning he contended with press conferences in Tokyo before heading home. He showed off his two...

 

Breaking – Kiyuna wins the gold medal in the Men’s Karate Kata, bringing home Okinawa’s first Olympic Gold Medal

Breaking – Kiyuna wins the gold medal in the Men’s Karate Kata, bringing home Okinawa’s first Olympic Gold Medal

August 6, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

The Karate Men’s Karate Kata event was held for the first time in the Olympics at the Nippon Budokan on August 6, the 15th day of the Tokyo Olympics, and its first champion was Okinawan-native Ryo Kiyuna (31 – Konan High School, Okinawa International...

Okinawa’s Shohei Yabiku wins wrestling bronze “for dad”

Okinawa’s Shohei Yabiku wins wrestling bronze “for dad”

August 4, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Shohei Yabiku, 26, gave a press conference in Tokyo on the morning of August 4, a day after winning third place in the men’s 77kg Greco-Roman wrestling final at the 2020 Summer Tokyo Olympics. Yabiku is an alum of Urasoe Technical High School, Nippon...

Seibu Lions’ Taira records 39th-straight shutout appearance, breaks 15-year-old NPB record

Seibu Lions’ Taira records 39th-straight shutout appearance, breaks 15-year-old NPB record

July 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Seibu Lions pitcher Kaima Taira (21, Yaeyama Commercial and Technical High School), pitched his 39th consecutive shutout appearance July 1 against the SoftBank Hawks in their 15th matchup of the season at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, breaking a 15-year-old...

Ryo Kiyuna strives for Olympic gold bearing the pride of Okinawan karate and its 200-year-old secrets

Ryo Kiyuna strives for Olympic gold bearing the pride of Okinawan karate and its 200-year-old secrets

January 1, 2021 Ryukyu Shimpo

By Shun Furukawa

 

Ryuei-ryu karate is one of the origins of karate, incorporating the flowing motions of Naha-te. It has been over 200 years since the birth of its second-generation grandmaster, Norisato Nakaima. Ryo Kiyuna has inherited the...

Digital Extra – Okinawan native Taira wins the Pacific League Rookie of the Year award after recording no losses and 33 holds as a relief pitcher for the Seibu Lions

Digital Extra – Okinawan native Taira wins the Pacific League Rookie of the Year award after recording no losses and 33 holds as a relief pitcher for the Seibu Lions

December 17, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

The NPB Awards, which announces the season award winners in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), was held December 17, and the Rookie of the Year in the Pacific League was awarded to Seibu Lions’ right-handed relief pitcher Kaima Taira (21, Yaeyama Shoko High...

Karate – Kiyuna wins record-setting ninth straight All-Japan Emperor’s Cup, highlighted by his performance of the Anan kata

Karate – Kiyuna wins record-setting ninth straight All-Japan Emperor’s Cup, highlighted by his performance of the Anan kata

December 13, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Ryo Kiyuna (Ryueiryu-ryuhokai) set a record in capturing his ninth straight Emperor’s Cup in the men’s kata at the 48th All-Japan Cup Karatedo at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on December 13. This title breaks the record set by Ryoki Abe between...

World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts responds to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s congratulatory letter, says, “Being Okinawan is important to me.”

World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts responds to Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki’s congratulatory letter, says, “Being Okinawan is important to me.”

December 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

Dave Roberts, manager of the 2020 World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, a second-generation Okinawan born in Okinawa, has sent a message to Okinawa Prefecture stating, “Being an Okinawan is something I consider important.” The message was...

[VIDEO] Japanese Olympic Karateka Ryo Kiyuna sets Guinness World Record

[VIDEO] Japanese Olympic Karateka Ryo Kiyuna sets Guinness World Record

November 3, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Karateka Ryo Kiyuna, 30, from the Ryuei-ryu ryuho-kai school of karate and who will represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics in the men’s Karate individual kata, was recognized by Guinness World Records for setting the world record for most gold medals in international...

Miyakojima Triathlon cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

Miyakojima Triathlon cancelled due to concerns over coronavirus

March 2, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

Miyakojima – The “36th All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima” (Hosted by Miyakojima City and the Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd.) scheduled for April 19 was cancelled by the event’s executive committee at a special meeting held at the JTA Dome Miyakojima March 2, due to...

Hayato Sonoda wins the Okinawa marathon men’s race, Karen Kinjo wins the women’s race

Hayato Sonoda wins the Okinawa marathon men’s race, Karen Kinjo wins the women’s race

February 16, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo Digital Edition

Chubu – The 28th 2020 Okinawa Marathon (co-hosted by Chubu Large Area Municipal Corp, the Ryukyu Shimpo Co. Ltd., Okinawa Television, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) Okinawa, and the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park...