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  1. NMURA

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    JPN National Teams 2011-2012 updated

    There are some differences from the announcement in April. Unfortunately, no new pair and dance teams are added (at this point).
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    My Japanese is non existing. would anyone mind spelling out the changes in English :D
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    Suzuki and Imai were demoted to "A" in the April version but they are brought back to "Special" afterall.

    Men "Special"
    Kozuka Takahiko
    Oda Nobunari
    Takahashi Daisuke
    Hanyu Yuzuru

    Ladies "Special"
    Ando Miki
    Asada Mao
    Murakami Kanako
    Suzuki Akiko (new)
    Imai Haruka (new)

    Men A
    Mura Takahito
    Machida Tatsuki
    Murakami Daisuke
    Nakamura Kento
    Kihara Ryuichi
    Hino Ryuju
    Tanaka Keiji

    Ladies A
    Shoji Risa
    Nishino Yuki
    Suguri Fumie
    Tomotaki Kako
    Oba Miyabi

    Men B
    Uno Shoma
    Tsuboi Yoji
    Itai Fumiya
    Kawahara Sei
    Suzuki Jun
    Sasaki Akio
    Nakamura Shu (new)
    Ichihashi Shoya (new)

    Ladies B
    Ishikawa Shoko
    Muramoto Kana
    Goto Ayumi
    Miyahara Satoko
    Ueno Saya
    Oshikawa Roanna Sari
    Suzuki Haruna
    Kato Riona
    Nitaya Rin
    Isobe Hinano
    Kawakami Saki
    Kemanai Karen
    Kono Yuka
    Suzuki Mari
    Kokubun Shion
    Takayama Mutsumi
    Fujisawa Yukiko
    Sato Miu
    Yasuhara Ayana (new)
    Takeda Nana
    Matsuno Mayako (novice)

    Ice Dance Special
    Cathy Reed/Chris Reed

    Pair Special
    Takahashi Narumi/Mervin Tran
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  4. Ziggy

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    Can't believe Suguri hasn't retired. :D :cheer:

    Suguri for gold in Sochi! :cheer2:
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    Whee! I wonder if this has anything to do with Miki's officially anouncing she's skipping the GP. Either way, it's good to know Akiko is back on their 'premiership' team :D.
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    Challenging Gimazetdinova
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    Gimzo's doing shows now. :(

    At least we have Suguri to fly the granny flag. :hat1:
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    Team Japan only has one ice dance and one pair team? (since I don't see any name in dance/pair A and B) :eek:

    Aren't they guaranteed to win National Champion every year no matter what?! :lol:
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  10. Sylvia

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    The silver medalist team on the left, Emi HIRAI / Taiyo MIZUTANI, have since split - she's listed on icepartnersearch.com.

    The Junior national champion team of Misato KOMATSUBARA / Kokoro MIZUTANI (14th in the preliminary round at Junior Worlds -- link to their ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00012476.htm ) have also split -- she's listed on icepartnersearch.

    ETA what I posted in this thread early June:
    Taiyo Mizutani has since removed his bio from IPS so perhaps he has found a partner?
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    In June, the JSF had tryout sessions for new pair and dance teams. There's no hint about what happened though, in pair and ice dance, new teams outside of the team categories could be sent to international competitions. There's a rumor that Allison Reed was at the dance tryout.
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    I really hope that new teams were formed.

    Maybe Allison Reed is skating with one of the Mizutanis. Would be awesome.
  13. Sylvia

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    FWIW, I remember that Allison Reed changed the citizenship line of her icepartnersearch bio from Japan to USA before she eventually took the bio down.

    Reposting the following from the Programs thread:
    If anyone can share more information about this camp (such Japanese news or photo links if they are published online), please do! :)

    Japan's JGP singles skater pool (listed as entries and/or alternates for the 1st JGP) includes:
    Ladies: Riona KATO and Miyabi OBA (Latvia), Yukiko FUJISAWA, Yuki NISHINO, Rin NITAYA, Roanna Sari OSHIKAWA, Kako TOMOTAKI, Saya UENO
    Men: Ryuju HINO and Sei KAWAHARA (Latvia), Shoya ICHIHASHI, Shu NAKAMURA, Jun SUZUKI
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  14. Akira Andrea

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    This is an article in the website “Sportsnavi” in Japan
    Translated from Japanese.
    Aiming at the new season, the training camp is being held.
    August 3rd, 2011 JST

    The training camp for the players who participate to the Grand Prix (GP) series of this season opened to public in the ice arena of Chukyo University in Toyota city in Aichi prefecture in August 3rd. The training camp is being held for 4 days from August 1st. Each player was polishing the skating skill carefully.
    Kanako Murakami (Chukyo University Chukyo High School) who attained to her second year in senior checked the step etc, while playing a part of Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" which she adopted as the music of the free skating. She said, "I think that it has a characteristic of the music which differs from the music which I have skated so far". And she said, "I think that I would like to skate so that the audience says that I became to adult-like".
    Mao Asada did not participate for being in poor health. Daisuke Takahashi did not participate for being in an other training camp in Hokkaido. Takahiko Kozuka left the training camp in August 2nd for going to US. Worlds Champion, Miki Ando does not participate to GP series in this season.

    The article:
    Aiming at the new season, the training camp is being held.
    http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/winter/skate/figure/headlines/20110803-00000104-jij-spo.html

    Translater’s note:
    The players who participated to the training camp seem to have been Takahiko Kozuka, Nobunari Oda, Yuzuru Hanyu, Kanako Murakami, Akiko Suzuki and Haruka Imai.
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  15. Ziggy

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    I really liked Murakami's perkiness and I wish that it was developed, instead of trying to transform her into a "more adult skater," ie. a typical zzz... Lady. ;P
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    What's wrong with Mao?
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    Mao's condition is not good now, so do not join the camp.

    Also Daisuke does not joint this camp, but he has another camp with his coach Takeshi Honda in Sapporo, Hakkaido now.
    News said just Daisuke is not ready to join the camp yet.
    (He had the surgery in May, and maybe not totally recovered?)
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    I agree and at the same time disagree.

    Kanako's fresh-faced, perky, "Jumpin' Jack" routine was my favorite routine of any of the ladies last season. It was a welcome break from the monotony of cookie-cutter programs we usually get from senior ladies. BUT, at the same time, she's gotta expand and grow up a bit if she wants to stay competitive and get the kind of scores she deserves. I keep saying the main thing that this current crop of ladies will hold over the newbies entering this season is their experience and maturity. Kanako has grown over the summer and she'll need to show that. I like the mature look and I can get used to it. What I don't want to see is her lose that spark and energy she has when she skates. She can maintain both of those great qualities without the bouncy-bouncy music and costumes...she's very versatile when it comes to music, so it'll be interesting to see what she brings to the table.

    I really like her and I hope she has a great season this year...:rollin:


    ETA: Does anyone have more info on why Mao isn't attending training camp? Is she injured? Sick? Any news?
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    I really hope Mao's okay :(
  20. Akira Andrea

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    This is an article in “Sankei Sports” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    Kanako showed the program of this season.
    August 5th, 2011 JST

    By Noboru Ito
    In August 3rd, the training camp for the players who participated to Grand Prix (GP) series of this season was opened to public in the ice arena of Chukyo University in Toyota city in Aichi prefecture and Kanako Murakami (16, Chukyo University Chukyo High School) etc showed the program of this season.
    For Murakami who attains to her second year in senior, it is the training camp which becomes to real start. She revealed that she made the program, with requesting to a foreign choreographer for the first time, saying "I was confused because I could not understand English, but I think that it was good to have been to abroad" with smiling face.
    Particularly, as for the short program, she requested to Tatiana Tarasova whom Mao Asada (20, Chukyo University) studied under once. She is going to decide whether she adopt it formally after spending a time.
    The nova who won the 3rd place in Grand prix final in last season is scheduled to participate to the 3rd event, "China Cup" (at Shanghai in November 4th-6th) and to the 5th event, "Tropee Eric Bompard" (at Paris in November 18th-20th).
    By the way, Mao Asada did not participate to this training camp for being poor health.

    The article:
    Kanako showed the program of this season.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/110804/spm1108040502000-n1.htm
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  21. Amy03

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    does anyone know when there will be an official news to Mao's condition or a more detailed report about Mao's health? hope it's not anything serious
  22. Akira Andrea

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    This is an article in “Mainichi Shimbun” in Japan.
    Translated form Japanese.
    The training camp was opened to public and Murakami etc showed the new program.
    August 4th, 2011 JST

    The photo:
    Photography: by Toru Kuro-o
    Kanako Murakami who is practicing in the training camp. (at the ice arena of Chukyo University in Toyota city in Aichi prefecture in August 3rd)
    http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/general/general/news/images/20110804k0000m050037000p_size5.jpg

    By Toru Kuro-o
    In august 3rd, the training camp for the players who participate to Grand Prix series was opened to public and Knako Murakami etc showed the new program for this season.

    Murakami who attained to her second year in senior choreographed in abroad. As for the short program (SP), she requested to an able coach, Tatiana Tarasova and, as for the free skating, she requested Marina Zueva. However, as for SP, she suggested also the possibility to set aside while being in this season, saying, "I can not digest it well yet because it is difficult"
    As for the Men, each player adopts the quadruple jump.
    Nobunari Oda did the practice of the spin mainly, because he has the left knee ache, but he is going to adopt the quad jump, with once in SP and with twice in FS.

    The article:
    The training camp was opened to public and Murakami etc showed the new program.
    http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/general/general/news/20110804k0000m050087000c.html
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    As for the poor health of Mao Asada, Japan Skating Federation explained that the overcrowded schedule, such as new program making and the ice show of the end of July, told on her health, because the starting period of off season was delayed about one month from usual season under the influence of the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster.


    This is an article in “Osaka Hochi Shimbun” in Japan
    Translated from Japanese.
    Mao was down with overwork. The introduction of her new program was postponed.
    August 4th, 2011 JST

    In August 3rd, it was found that Mao Asada had been down with overwork.
    In the ice arena of Chukyo University in Aichi prefecture, the training camp for the players who participate to GP series of next season was opened to public and Mao planed to show the new program but postponed the participation by reason of poor health.
    As for the poor health of Mao Asada, Japan Skating Federation explained that the overcrowded schedule, such as new program making and the ice show of the end of July, told on her health, because the starting period of off season was delayed about one month from usual season under the influence of the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster.

    At the rink which becomes the place of showing the new program, we could not watch Mao's appearance. In the morning of August 1st which is the first day of the training camp, Mao appealed the poor health and made contact with JSF, saying that she does not participate to the training camp and would like to take rest in her home.
    In front of the press corps of about 40 persons who participated, Nobuhiko Yoshioka the Chief Director of Training of JSF spoke inarticulately, saying "How should I explain it. I am sorry because it is this situation although you have come. I don't know what situation she is in, except that she is in poor health".

    Under the influence of East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster, the holding term of the Worlds was changed from the end of March to the end of April and the holding place was changed from Tokyo to Moscow.
    After spending the off season shorter than usual year, she made the programs for SP and for FS of this season complete at a high pace within June and participated to the tour of ice show, such as in Aichi (July 23rd-24th), in Hachinohe city, Aomori (July 27th) and in Osaka (July 30th-31st).

    Yoshioka Chief Director of Training explained that she seems to have injured her health condition a little, because there was a movement etc of long distance while participating to the three consecutive public performances of the ice show in the end of July.
    Moreover he said, "The training camp is also the place for checking the program component scores etc of the new program of next season of the players who participate to GP series, but we could not watch her program". As for Mao who aims at the recovering from the 6th place in the Worlds of April, NHK Trophy (in Sapporo, in November 11th-13th) which is her first event of next season seems to become the place where she show the new program for the first time.

    Daisuke Takahashi (25, Kansai Graduate School) expressed the nonparticipation to the training camp beforehand. Takahashi who is in a training camp in Hokkaido is going to tune himself up in US from August 7th, because the tuning after the surgical operation of left knee in May is delaying. Takahiko Kozuka (22, Toyota Motor) went to US in August 2nd, after participating to the training camp in the first day, because the choreography of SP and FS does not complete yet.
    Yoshioka Chief Director of training said, "If being in usual year, it is the time that the program has completed...,but"
    The influence of the earthquake disaster seems to have reached slowly to the figure skating world, too.

    The article:
    Mao was down with overwork. The introduction of her new program was postponed.
    http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/osaka/sports/article/news/20110804-OHO1T00077.htm
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  24. MINAM

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    Adding to the above news links:
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20110803-00000295-sph-spo

    On Asada:
    JSF explained that Asada is exhausted because of the stress caused by the earthquake (training was delayed plus doing lots of charity ice shows).
    Nobuhiko Yoshioka of JSF could only apologize to the press "I don't know what to say. We are very sorry to the media that Asada couldn't show up. All we know that she isn't feeling very well"

    Takahashi is training in the US.

    Kozuka attended the camp and then headed to the US on the 2nd. Both of his programs are yet to be finished.

    Oda who underwent knee surgery in May and is attending the camp. He told the press that he is "training carefully to avoid further injuries and will gradually gearing up" His programs were already completed by early June. Both (SP and FS) are "swinging, jazzy tunes" He wrapped up the press conference "I'm aiming for a medal and a win"
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    well,now I hope Mao can have a rest like Miki....the earthquake affect her so badly...
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    Anybody know to what exactly he's skating to?
    I really do hope he does really well this season. I hope he's able to pace himself and peak at the right time. He seems like such a sweetheart and down to earth; I want to see him do well.
    And please, please let him prepare so he doesnt repeat the same mistakes!!! I'm so keeping my fingers crossed.
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    I may need to clarify, just in case, that the earthquake messed up the skater's schedules. Hence, the programs not ready, etc.
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    I hope Mao gets some rest. :( she looked so exhausted and thin at Worlds and was cited saying that she hadnt been able to eat properly after the eartquake. :(
    All the best to her.
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    Tarasova and Zueva for Murakami, great. What a killer combo... :scream:
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    This is an article in “Nikkan Sports” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    Kanako declared “the adult woman”.
    August 4th, 2011 JST

    The photo:
    Photography: by Masaaki Maeoka
    Kanako Murakami who is showing the refreshing smiling face after the practice.
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/photonews_nsInc_p-sp-tp0-20110804-815264.html

    In Toyota city in Aichi prefecture in August 3rd, Japan Skating Federation released the training camp of the players who participate to Grand Prix series which is opened in October.

    16 years old Kanako is an adult woman!
    Kanako Murakami (Chukyo University Chukyo High School) selected Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto” as the music of the free skating of this season.
    With the music which Ando used for the free skating in 2007, she was intent on it with the refreshing smiling face, saying, “I performed the adult role in last year, but I would like to perform the real adult in this year. I would like to express the adult-like”.

    For mastering the choreography, she had been to US twice from May and seems to have felt the effect, saying "I was confused for foreign lesson of the first time, but I learned how to use the body, expression of the face, etc".

    The article:
    Kanako declared “the adult woman”.
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/p-sp-tp0-20110804-815264.html
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    ((((Mao)))).
    Hope she gets her health completely back to normal soon.
    A close friend of mine lived through the Istanbul earthquake some years ago and she said that for at least a year she was afraid to fall asleep, and developed constant insomnia and horrible migraines. The effects of emotional stress can be very long- lasting, hope Mao takes it easy and does not put pressure on herself.
  32. Akira Andrea

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    Don't worry.
    Surely, she recovers soon.
    I think that the cause of her poor health is not in mental aspect but merely fatigue by the tour etc.

    I think that Mao Asada did not feel directly the uneasiness or the fear from the East Japan Big Earthquake Disaster itself because her city was about 850km away from the earthquake center in March 11th.
    In March 11th, I experienced the said disaster in my city which was about 500km away from the earthquake center.
    In that time, I felt that the earthquake was most big one which I had experienced so far, but I did never feel directly the uneasiness or the fear from that earthquake. Her city is about 350km away from my city moreover.
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    Akira Andrea,
    Thanks, and I hope you are right!
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    This is an article in “Mainichi Shinbun” in Japan.
    Translated from Japanese.
    Miki Ando showed the splendid performance in an ice show in her hometown, Aichi prefecture.

    The photo:
    Photography: By Tadakazu Nakamura
    Miki Ando who is showing the soft and gentle performance. (In Okazaki city in Aichi prefecture in August 13th)
    http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/news/images/20110814k0000m050015000p_size5.jpg

    By Tadakazu Nakamura
    In August 13th, Miki Ando who won the championship in the Worlds of April participated to the ice show "Prince Ice Worlds 2011" which was held in Okazaki city in Aichi prefecture. It was her first ice show in her hometown Aichi prefecture after winning the championship in the Worlds. As for two stages in the ice show in this day, the audience of 4,800 in total visited.

    Miki Ando who wore the costume in snow white showed the splendid jump and the soft and gentle performance, while skating to the music “A Thousand Winds” which is the English version of “Sen no Kaze ni Natte”.
    Her pose which joins her hands in prayer after opening her arms widely attracted the audience.

    In the ending of the ice show, there was a performance which she with smiling face knock the Worlds silver medalist Takahiko Kozuka out with hitting with a boxing glove, too. The audience, too, had been knocked out by Miki's smiling face which looks attractive on the ice.

    The article
    Miki Ando showed the splendid performance in an ice show in her hometown, Aichi prefecture.
    http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/news/20110814k0000m040083000c.html
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    Thanks -- here's the relevant excerpt:
    Taiyo Mizutani finished 2nd in Senior Dance to the Reeds with his former partner, Emi Hirai, at 2010 and 2011 Japan Nationals.
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    Popular Athletes in Japan
    An opinion research by Chuo Chosasha, published on August 16th

    1 Ichiro Suzuki (MLB, Seattle Mariners)
    2 Ryo Ishikawa (golfer)
    3 Yuto Nagatomo (footballer, Inter Milan)
    4 Hakuho (Sumo wrestler)
    5 Shigeo Nagashima (legendary pro baseball player/manager)
    6 Mao Asada (figure skater)
    7 Sadaharu Oh (legendary pro baseball player/manager)
    8 Kaio (Sumo wrestler)
    9 Hideki Matsui (MLB, Oakland Athletics)
    10 Homare Sawa (woman footballer)
    11 Masahiro Tanaka (professional baseball player)
    12 Ai Miyazato (golfer)
    12 Kimiko Date (tennis player)
    14 Yu Darvish (professional baseball player)
    14 Makoto Hasebe (footballer)
    14 Keisuke Honda (footballer)

    One year ago, Asada was the 2nd and Takahashi was the 7th. Ando is nowhere near the top 15. Sawa made a big breakthrough obviously.
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    well it's not surprising that Mao has dropped down a bit compared to last season, seeing the hard and disappointing season she is coming from, since usually those list reflect on the success of the athletes... but Mao having such a high placement considering the hardships she has been through and having her worst season to date shows how popular she is and remains even after having had a terrible season (compared to her usual standards...)
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    I just found this performance by Yuki Nishino, and really liked her flow, extensions. How old is she? Is she eligible to compete at worlds in 2012? She could have a bright future if she is able to do the difficult jumps. This one was an exhibition, so it's hard to tell, but her jumps seemed smooth.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xerSrvZq4wA&feature=related
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    Here is Yuki Nishino's ISU bio (she will turn 18 in September): http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010547.htm
    I believe she may be back on the JGP this fall (she's currently listed among the alternates) and has competed previously in a Senior B (4th at 2009 Ondrej Nepela Memorial).

    ETA: Nishino's ISU bio doesn't include her 2011 Senior Nationals placement -- 6th -- behind Ando, Asada, Murakami, Suzuki, and Risa Shoji.
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