This is an article in "Sports Hochi" in Japan.
Translating of the excerpt of the article to English from Japanese.
MIki intends to return to the competition in earnest from Kanto Championship in October.
June 29th, 2013 JST
Photography: by Sports Hochi
Miki Ando is showing the aureate performance.
In June 28th, it found that Miki Ando (25) who is the former Worlds champion and was resting for 2 consecutive seasons decided participation in Kanto championship (at Kawagoe Skate Center in Saitama in October 11th-14th) as the first competition for returning in earnest to the regular season competition.
Kanto Championship is the regional block preliminary competition for getting the qualification to participate to Japan Nationals (in Saitama Sports Arena in December 21st-23rd) which is the final selection meeting of the representative of Olympics. For Ando who is out of the certified athlete of JSF, it becomes the first barrier for aiming at Sochi Olympics.
At first, the participation to Chubu Championship (in Aichi in September 26th-29th) was expected but seems to have considered a long time for adjustment.
MIki intends to return to the competition in earnest from Kanto Championship.
As for the preliminary competition for Japan Nationals, there is 2 barriers.
The first barrier is a regional block competition. For the first barrier, Japan is separated 6 regional blocks. There are 6 regional block competitions corresponding to 6 regional blocks.
Those are "Tohoku-Hokkaido Championship", "Kanto Championship", "Tokyo Championship", "Chubu Championship", "Kinki Championship" and "Chugoku-Shikoku-Kushu Championship".
The second barrier is a section competition. For the section competition, Japan is separated to the eastern section and the western section. There are 2 section championships corresponding to those sections. Those are "Higashi Nihon Championship" and "Nishi Nihon Championship".