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    Japan SF plans to establish the players association to suck up the player's opinion

    This is an article in “Sankei News” in Japan.
    Translation into English.
    Japan SF plans to establish the players association to absorb an opinion of the players.
    July 30th, 2010 JST.

    In the board of directors which was held in Tokyo metropolitan area in July 30th, Japan Skating Federation (JSF) decided the policy which establishes the players association into the federation to absorb an opinion of the players engaging directly in competition.

    President Seiko Hashinmoto who proposed it said, "I would like to make it easy to hear the voice of the players" and is thinking to make the relation closely between the players and the federation.

    Deciding the generation and the extent of the players who should contain as the object during this season, they are planning to be active from next season.
    Deciding the representative from each category of the figure skating, the speed skating and the short track, it puts one chairperson and two vice-chairpersons. If the schedule etc is suited with them, they participate to the board of directors, too, and are allowed to speak there.

    JSF released also a way of selecting of the Japanese representative in the Worlds (March of next year, Tokyo ) of the figure skating.
    After the end of the Japan Nationals in the end of this year, it chooses the three players for each in Men and in Ladies, among the players containing the player within 3rd place in the Grand Prix (GP) series.
    In this time, it doesn't decide unofficially before the Nationals, unlike before the Vancouver Olympics.

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    Japan SF plans to establish the players association to absorb an opinion of the players.
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/othe...1710003-n1.htm
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-30-2010 at 09:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akira Andrea View Post
    Japan SF plans to establish the players association to suck up an opinion of the players.
    http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/othe...1710003-n1.htm
    I think I know which Kanjis translated into "suck up".

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    Thank you, Akira Andrea, for always translating articles for us. It is much appreciated!

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    Thank you for the translation!


    Quote Originally Posted by Akira Andrea View Post
    JSF released also a way of selecting of the Japanese representative in the Worlds (March of next year, Tokyo ) of the figure skating.
    After the end of the Japan Nationals in the end of this year, it chooses the three players for each in Men and in Ladies, among the players containing the player within 3rd place in the Grand Prix (GP) series.
    In this time, it doesn't decide informally, like before the Vancouver Olympics.
    Does this mean that Grand Prix Final placement will play a part in who gets chosen for the Worlds team, ahead of nationals placement? So a skater who placed 4th at nationals but did better on the GP or at the GPF than the national bronze medalist might be chosen instead?
    The Junior Grand Prix: Where skaters who "come out of nowhere" come from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanna View Post
    Does this mean that Grand Prix Final placement will play a part in who gets chosen for the Worlds team, ahead of nationals placement? So a skater who placed 4th at nationals but did better on the GP or at the GPF than the national bronze medalist might be chosen instead?
    Simply read, "the JSF keeps every option to send their favorites." Takahashi is guaranteed a spot whatever happens. Oda is also pretty much in. The remaining spot will be contended by three men (Machida, Kozuka, Hanyu). Under the new criteria, even if someone like Machida placed 3rd at Nationals, he has no guarantee to be chosen for the world team (unless winning a medal at GPF). Kozuka will not drop out of the top 3 of the world standings among Japanese men. Hanyu may have the better chance than Machida because he is considered as "the hope of Sochi". But he will need to land quads to beat Kozuka's seniority. Something like this is important at Japanese nationals. On the ladies part, I don't think anyone can challenge the trio of the Olympic team. Murakami is still technically inferior and has to cope with the new rules which are most likely disadvantageous for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlai View Post
    I think I know which Kanjis translated into "suck up".
    Thank you for kindly pointing out the error. It is thanks to you that I could correct it to the word "absorb" soon, although, unfortunately, I could not correct it in the headline.
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-30-2010 at 09:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanna View Post
    Does this mean that Grand Prix Final placement will play a part in who gets chosen for the Worlds team, ahead of nationals placement? So a skater who placed 4th at nationals but did better on the GP or at the GPF than the national bronze medalist might be chosen instead?
    I think so, but they don't decide unofficially before the Nationals.
    I think that it is because it may influence to the motivation of the players who participate to the Nationals.
    Last edited by Akira Andrea; 07-30-2010 at 09:17 PM.

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    This is a BabbleFish translation classic!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NMURA View Post
    Simply read, "the JSF keeps every option to send their favorites." Takahashi is guaranteed a spot whatever happens. Oda is also pretty much in. The remaining spot will be contended by three men (Machida, Kozuka, Hanyu).
    Why/How does Oda have any sort of preferential treatment or momentum over Kozuka at this point, particularly given what happened to Nobu at Worlds? Nobu and Taka each have a silver from the last 2 GPFs, neither have a senior World medal nor an Olympic medal, Oda only placed 1 spot higher than Kozuka did at the Olympics, and Kozuka has beaten Oda at the past 2 senior World championships. Takahashi's and Kozuka's combined placements from 2010 Worlds is the reason Japan can send 3 men to Worlds next year in their home country.
    Last edited by museksk8r; 07-30-2010 at 09:40 PM.

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    Oda's case of worlds SP was so devastating that most of the people saw it as a simple accident. Maybe he was shocked to know his girlfriend's pregnancy. Anyway Oda's track record shows he's reliable enough. Except worlds, his lowest score of last season is 238 points, and Kozuka's season (personal) best is only 231 points.

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    This is an article in “Mainichi Shimbun” in Japan.
    JSF plans to establish the players association to create a sense of unity.
    July 31st, 2010 JST

    By Tatsuya Haga
    Having the board of directors in the Tokyo metropolitan area in July 30th, Japan Skating Federation (JSF) decided that it establishes the players association to make the most of the discussion in the board of directors while putting player’s opinion together. Thrashing out specific contents within this year, it aims to establish next season. In the amateur sports, it is said to be rare that the players association is established. Seiko Hashimoto, the president of JSF who proposed it said, "I would like to unite the skating world of Japan, aiming at the Sochi Olympics".

    According to the plan of President Hashimoto, it decides the representative from the three categories of the figure skating, the speed skating and the short track, selects the chairperson among them and decides two persons remaining as the vice-chairpersons. They tell a player's demand etc, while participating to the board of directors as the observer by turns. It is said to want to use wisely their opinion to the support system to the player and the way of bringing up a junior generation etc.

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    JSF plans to establish the players association to create a sense of unity.
    http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/gener...50023000c.html

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    This is an article in “Nikkan Sports” in Japan.
    Translation into English.
    Daisuke Takahashi might be a candidate of the first chairperson of players association.
    July 31th, 2010 JST.

    By Ryutarou Hiroshige
    In July 30th, it was found that Japan Skating Federation has a plans to establish the players association from next season. In the board of directors in this day, it was proposed by President Seiko Hashimoto and was approved. That aim is to absorb actively the opinion from the player side and confer with them. President Hashimoto explained it saying, "Though the players association is in the professional sports usually, it is no relation in the present age whether it is the amateur or the professional. It was my long-cherished desire, to establish the players association".

    As for the detail, it considers in this one year, but as for the frame work, that target is the players who are the class of the representative in three category of the figure skating, the speed skating and the short track.
    The representatives who were elected in each category take charge of the role of chairperson and vice-chairperson. There is also a plan that they participates to the board of directors as an observer and tells it to the federation, while summarizing the opinion of the players.

    The choice of the chairperson is from now on. The person concerned to the federation said, "Okazaki of the speed skating is suitable, but we might leave everything too much to her". President Hashimoto is thinking that the player of the figure skating is suitable because they have the force of circumstance now. So, Daisuke Takahashi may be suitable". Mao Asada is too young now as 19 years old now, but may become the likelier candidate in near future because she is charismatic.

    In the professional sport, aiming at the wage struggle and the status improvement, there is history which the players self established an union organization. This time, it is the exceptional form by which the federation establishes the players association, but the player and the federation is going to attempt together to enrich an environment aspect and a guide aspect. President Hashimoto put her hope on the reform, saying "With expressing the opinion, the player, too, must fulfill the responsibility and it leads to the abilities improvement, too".

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    Daisuke Takahashi might be a candidate of the first chairperson of players association.
    http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...31-660176.html

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