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SOCIETY

Photographer wins awards

Taiwanese photographer Tzeng Chin-fa (曾 進發) won nine awards, including two gold, at the Moscow International Foto Awards on Monday. Tzeng, from Miaoli County, said on Tuesday that a photograph of his 90-year-old mother using an old sewing machine won a gold award in the people and culture category. The image was part of his series Endangered traditional cultural skills, which also features people preparing traditional dishes, weaving and performing traditional treatment on the face. Her other award-winning photo was of a couple, dressed in wedding attire, standing at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. Tzeng also won five silver prizes and two bronze prizes in the competition. Last year, it won 28 awards at these awards, the highest number among Taiwanese competitors.

TRIP

Passport ranks 31st

The Taiwan passport ranked 31st on a list of the world’s “most powerful” passports, offering its holders visa-free access to 146 destinations, according to the Henley Passport Index for the third quarter released Wednesday. Taiwan has moved up one place from the second quarter, according to the latest survey by British consulting firm Henley & Partners. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. Passports have been classified according to the number of destinations to which they give their holders visa-free access. Taiwan shared 31st place with Mauritius and Saint Lucia. Japan remained No.1 for the fourth year in a row, with its passport holders having access to 193 visa-free destinations, followed by Singapore with access to 192 destinations, and South Korea and Germany tied for third. with 191, according to the survey.

SOCIETY

Fukuhara finalizes the divorce

Japanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara and her Taiwanese husband, table tennis player Chiang Hung-chieh (江宏傑), officially announced their divorce on Thursday, ending their four-year marriage. In a statement released by their management company, HIM International Music, the couple said they had finalized the divorce proceedings and accepted joint custody of their two children. The high profile couple, both 32, married in Tokyo in 2016. They have a three-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son. Two-time Olympic medalist Fukuhara retired from competitive table tennis in 2018 after the birth of her daughter. She was the best table tennis player in Japan and, at one point, ranked No. 4 in the world.

DEFENSE

The institute signs a memorandum of understanding

The Institute for National Defense and Security Research has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Czech think tank to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in security and national defense research, has t he announced on Wednesday. The institute, created by the Ministry of National Defense, said in a statement that it signed the memorandum of understanding on June 30 during a virtual ceremony with the European Values ​​Center for Security Policy (EVC) of the Czech Republic. Representatives of the two think tanks who attended the ceremony included Institute Director General Lin Chen-wei (林 成 蔚) and Deputy Directors General Po Hung-hui (柏鴻輝) and Ou Hsi-fu (歐 錫 富) , as well as EVC director Jakub Janda. and Richard Kraemer, head of his Taiwan office due to open in Taipei, the statement said. Janda said that Taiwan and the Czech Republic share common democratic values ​​and that the EVC will share European perspectives with the institute to deepen bilateral cooperation.

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