Yesterday Daisuke Takahashi, Nobunari Oda and Tatsuki Machida appeared in the ceremony at Kansai University since they were awarded College President Prize. They were interviewed by Boom Sports which is a free paper for Kansai Univ. students.
(my rough translation)
Interview 1: Daisuke Takahashi "I'll not participate in competitions in the next season"
--You are awarded College President Prize.
Takahashi: I feel very honored since it's not easy to be awarded this prize."
Oda: I'm truly grateful to be awarded this prize even though the results in this season was not my very best.
Machida: I'm honored to be awarded the wonderful prize. I'll do my best to be a person good enough to be awarded this prize.
--What about the talk show you in front of the students?
Takahashi: I was a bit nervous in front of the student but I really enjoyed it.
Oda: The awards ceremony was solemn but the atmosphere changed a lot in the talk show. I enjoyed it very much.
Machida: I was happy since I thought it was professors' privilege to talk on the stage in front of the students. I enjoyed it a lot. It was like one-day-internships.
---Earlier today you said you want to take a rest for a season and consider(your career),when you were interviewed by TV crew.
Takahashi: I haven't decided the clear dead line. I want to take an enough rest for approximately one year.
--How about ice shws?
Takahashi: It depends on my physical conditions. I'll participated in the invited shows, when I feel I'm OK to skate in front of the audience. I don't have any concrete plan so far.
--Do you have any plan to train out of Japan for the preparation of the next season?
Machida: As for choreos, yes. But my base rink will be in Osaka.
--How about graduation?
Takahashi: Well..(laugh). I'm absent from school this year. It might be next year.
Oda: I'm going to submit my master's thesis for graduate school this year. I'm preparing for it now.
--Do you have any plan to enter the graduate school?
Machida; I have thoughts but can't announce anything here.
--What kind of thesis is it going to be?
Oda: My thesis will be on coaching from educational point of view. My point will be on desirable coaches' attitude and advice. It won't be on technical side.
--You are going to take a rest. Do you have any plan for the next season?
Takahashi: I won't compete in the next season. I decided it inside of me. I will not participate in any competition."
--How did you decide it?
Takahashi: I didn't think I was going to decide whether I continue or not in the short time after finishing Sochi Olympics. I haven't decided so far. I've just started training. I don't think I'll be well prepared for the next season. It will be better for me to take an enough rest and think (about the future) being away from the competitions."