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homura
09-18-2012, 01:07 PM
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/f-sp-tp0-20120918-1019167.html
Japanese skating federation suggested a possible cancellation on sending Japanese skaters to Cup of China.
Mao Asada, Miki Ando, Daisuke Takahashi, Tatsuki Machida, Takahashi-Tran were originally scheduled to take part in the event.

kittyjake5
09-18-2012, 01:16 PM
^Why?

Jeschke
09-18-2012, 01:18 PM
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/f-sp-tp0-20120918-1019167.html
Japanese skating federation suggested a possible cancellation on sending Japanese skaters to Cup of China.
Mao Asada, Miki Ando, Daisuke Takahashi, Tatsuki Machida, Takahashi-Tran were originally scheduled to take part in the event.

ah no.

could some native speaker translate or give the main points of the article.

google translation seems to be out of control :)

i long for mikis comeback, please... :D

Zemgirl
09-18-2012, 01:20 PM
I can't translate (don't speak any Japanese) but I've read about this elsewhere and my understanding is that this is due to the political conflict (real world, not the skating kind) between China and Japan.

Obviously it would be bad for the skaters, the event and the fans.

NMURA
09-18-2012, 01:30 PM
The JSF president Seiko Hashimoto says, "under the current situation, we can't send athletes to China." Asada, Ando and Takahashi are scheduled to compete at Cup of China.

There are about seven weeks to COC and the "situation" will calm down in time. But if they really decide not to send Japanese skaters, I shall support. It is not the first time that the Chinese communist dictatorship is agitating anti-Japanese sentiments for their political motives. I have no trust on the Chinese side.

MikiAndoFan#1
09-18-2012, 01:35 PM
:wuzrobbed


^Why?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19632042

homura
09-18-2012, 01:36 PM
Yes, Japan and China are almost at war right now. Go BBC or CNN or any other news site.

mikeko
09-18-2012, 01:38 PM
Anti-Japan protests erupt again across China - 16Sep2012
http://youtu.be/9UMd0kAgW7Q

Japanese firms brace for violence in China over disputed islands (+video)
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0917/Japanese-firms-brace-for-violence-in-China-over-disputed-islands-video

kittyjake5
09-18-2012, 02:19 PM
Thanks for the article links. I am in the US and 99% of our news coverage has been on the Libyan crisis. I did hear that Japan and China were having problems but I did not realize the seriousness of the situation.

NMURA
09-18-2012, 02:43 PM
not a china related news

Grand Prix Final 2013 will be held in Fukuoka city.
http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/winter/skate/figure/headlines/20120918-00000169-jij-spo.html

ratatouille
09-18-2012, 03:47 PM
When you see Japanese people getting punched on the street in Shanghai only because you're Japanese or the Japanese school forced to closed temporarily and the Japanese malls and factories badly damaged, I think the federation has no choice but to think about the safety of the skaters.

Sylvia
09-18-2012, 03:53 PM
The JSF president Seiko Hashimoto says, "under the current situation, we can't send athletes to China." Asada, Ando and Takahashi are scheduled to compete at Cup of China.

There are about seven weeks to COC and the "situation" will calm down in time.
Yes, emotions are running high right now but I hope tensions will ease in the near future. Tatsuki Machida and Takahashi/Tran are also scheduled to compete in Shanghai.

Side note: Lexus (of Toyota Motor Co.) is this year's title sponsor of Cup of China:
http://www.lexus.com.cn/en/news/Info.aspx?id=400
Excerpt from the Aug. 28, 2012 press release:

Starting with the title sponsorship of the Cup of China, Lexus will provide long-term and comprehensive support for the development of figure skating in China. During the signing ceremony, Lexus also announced the launch of “Lexus Figure Skating Open Day”, which is an equally exciting program under which free figure skating trainings will be provided for young people in China on a regular basis. Akira Sasaki, Chairman of Toyota Motor (China) Investment Co., Ltd. said, “There are children with no access to this elegant sport. We value the desire cherished by each and every child. We hope that with this program, we can help children in China to pursue their dreams in the skating rink.” The open day program will be a long-term initiative. After the first year in Beijing, the program will also be staged in other Chinese cities, so that the enchanting beauty of figure skating could be appreciated by young people everywhere in the country.

FrouFrou
09-18-2012, 04:00 PM
Does the article state whether or not the Japanese skaters will be reassigned to other GP events?

NMURA
09-18-2012, 04:04 PM
Side note: Lexus (of Toyota Motor Co.) is this year's title sponsor of Cup of China: http://www.lexus.com.cn/en/news/Info.aspx?id=400

T/T and Machida were not mentioned in the article. I sincerely hope Cup of china to be discontinued.

Sylvia
09-18-2012, 04:11 PM
I sincerely hope Cup of china to be discontinued.
I don't! Let's please (all fans) not over-react due to the high tensions right now. FSU has the "Politically Incorrect" forum for that purpose: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=85006