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According to this tweet, Shoma Uno will compete without a main coach next season, while continuing to look for a permanent coach. :eek:

Fuji TV showed clips from the National team's summer camp.

Uno is "coach-shopping" but will be competing without a coach, as claire said.

Here's an article in Japanese.

"I'm not in a hurry to find a new coach. This season, I'll probably be by myself. No concerns, I believe I can do it alone"

He will be training at Chukyo univ, and take jumping lessons from Takeshi Honda (from the clip I saw, Honda was seen at the rink side, sometimes talking with Uno) Uno will be joining Stephan Lambiel in Switzerland for around 2 weeks in September.
"I want to be near skaters who are landing more than one type of quads. Hopefully, I can train with world-class skaters"

Shae-Lynn Bourne will choreograph his SP, with David Wilson doing the FS. It's the first time for Uno to be working with non-Japanese choreographers on competitive programs. Choreo will be done in August.
"This season's program will be like an exhibition program"
 

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This article says Arutyunyan remains to be her main coach and she works with Takeshi Honda while in Japan. By working with Honda when she stays in Japan, she wishes her jumps will be more consistent. Marin explained "I consulted with Rafael. I moved to Rafael, I learned various jumps from him, but while I'm in Japan, my old habits with my jumps came back, and I had to go back to the US with it. It went back and forth in this bad cycle [last season]. I asked Coach Takeshi Honda to work with me when I'm in Japan. It works well since it's easier for me to understand what he says in my first language." She's back in Japan since the middle of last month. She plans to take part in Gensan Summer Cup (*a local competition where some strong skaters participate in, too). She'll go back to the US in the middle of next month.
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I think it's reasonable for Marin to work with Honda as a jump coach to keep her consistency on fine level when she stays in Japan. She skates in many spring-summer shows to earn money. Working with Honda allows her to avoid traveling back and forth between Japan and the US.
 
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Given that Honda coached Asada and Daisuke, it may not be a bad move. Although he was Daisuke's technical coach, same as Raf, so the technique issue maybe interesting.
Yes, Honda taught Mai Asada in her late career.



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ETA:
I posted some info (translations/video) about Shoma's current status on his fan thread. If there are people who are interested, visit there. Here is a link.
 
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Oh. If Marin Honda is working with Takeshi Honda and shoma uno is too, I hope shoma goes to Rafa sometimes as well!

Might just be wishful thinking on my part...
 

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Entries and substitutes were published today for the first JGP in Courchevel, France (link to the JGP general discussion thread where all the names are copied out): https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/2019-20-junior-grand-prix-pre-season-news-discussion-thread.105731/page-2#post-5609795

* = previous JGP experience

Men:
Yuma KAGIYAMA* [S6/J5; JGP silver in ARM last year; Team A]
Subs:
Kao MIURA [J8; Team B]
Sena MIYAKE* [S17/J6; Team B]
Shun SATO [S12/J2; Team A]
Tatsuya TSUBOI* [S7/J1/JW14; Team A]

Ladies
Nana ARAKI* [S13/J2; Team A]
Tomoe KAWABATA* [S10/J3/JW12; Team A]
Subs:
Yuna AOKI* [S14/J5; Team B]
Moa IWANO* [J7; Team B]
Mana KAWABE [?] (added to Team B after the 6/15 JGP test skate)
Rino MATSUIKE [J8; Team B]
Rion SUMIYOSHI* [J9; JGP bronze in CAN last year; added to Team B after the 6/15 JGP test skate]
Azusa TANAKA [N7] (added to Team B after the 6/15 JGP test skate)
Azusa Tanaka Free Skating at Inter-Junior High, Feb 5 2019
[ETA: video has since been removed :(]
She is a prospect from Mie Hamada team.
Chisato URAMATSU [J14]
 
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Writer Yamato from Sportsnippon(sports paper) tweeted entries to CS:

Autumn Classic: Hanyu, Kihira, Komatsubara/Koleto
Lombardia Trophy: Tomono, Mihara, Higuchi
US Classic: Tanaka, Yamamoto, Miyahara, Shiraiwa
Nepela Memorial: Sumoto, Sakamoto, Yamashita
Nebelhorn Trophy: Shimada, Honda
Finlandia Trohpy: Uno, Yamamoto, Yokoi

He also tweeeted Miura/Ichihashi parted as well as out of Team Japan. :(
Sota Yamamoto and Marin Honda were selected as team 'A' on Team Japan. :)

ETA:
article https://www.daily.co.jp/general/2019/07/24/0012544441.shtml
 
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Awesome to see Sota get two Challengers -- really looking forward to seeing him! And congratulations to him & Marin for being selected as team A.

Autumn Classic looks awesome with Yuzuru and Rika.
 

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Awesome to see Sota get two Challengers
I am kinda :huh: Sota got 2 whilst guys ranked aboved him at nationals got none.

With such depth, same with as with the Russians, I would like to see more spots used, and giving an opportunity for skaters like Oba, Hino & Co.
 

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Jr national camp is ongoing. Carolina is a guest instractor this year.

Participants are:
Men- Yuma Kagiyama, Shun Sato, Tatsuya Tsuboi, Kao Miura, Sena Miyake
Ladies- Yuna Aoki, Nana Araki, Moa Iwano, Chisato Uramatsu, Tomoe Kawabata, Mana Kawabe, Rion Sumiyoshi, Azusa Tanaka, Rino Matsuike
Invited novice A men- Ryoga Morimoto
Invited novice A ladies- You Takagi, Miu Tanaka, Ami Nakai, Momoka Hatasaki
 

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Utana Yoshida / Shingo Nishiyama placed 4th in Jr ice dance at Minto Summer Skate this weekend;53.43(4) 85.55(5) 138.98(4). They were lovely together and looked very promising as a Japanese ice dance team to me. Here are videos. Thanks a lot for uploading/posting the link @Colonel Green @Dobre!

 

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Utana Yoshida / Shingo Nishiyama placed 4th in Jr ice dance at Minto Summer Skate this weekend;53.43(4) 85.55(5) 138.98(4). They were lovely together and looked very promising as a Japanese ice dance team to me. Here are videos. Thanks a lot for uploading/posting the link @Colonel Green @Dobre!

Yoshida/Nishiyama entered to JPG @Lake Placid. Go Y/N! :cheer2:
 

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Expressive action photo from Yoshida/Nishiyama's Junior Rhythm Dance at Minto Summer Skate by Danielle Earl: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0l8L73HmQo/

Team Japan's singles entries for the Lake Placid JGP:
Shun SATO (his debut)
Mana KAWABE (her debut)
Azusa TANAKA (her debut)

ETA that Japan has a new senior dance team, Kiria Hirayama & Kenta Ishibashi, scheduled to compete in the Lake Placid international tonight and Friday. She competed with France's Axel Lamasse (2nd) and he with Mio Iida (3rd of 3 teams) at Japan Nationals in December 2018.
 
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So does Japan have any pairs at the moment?
It's just announced that Ryuichi Kihara and Riku Miura are now a team. I somewhat expected this when I saw Kinoshita Group listed Ryuichi as one of their members a few weeks back.
 

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Sounds like there was some sort of summer competition?
Kanto Summer Trophy Junior Men's final top 3 are assigned to the first 3 JGPs:
https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/11/56/data0590.htm
1. Yuma Kagiyama 1 1 230.41 (assigned to Courchevel)
2. Shun Sato 2 2 222.10 (assigned to Lake Placid)
3. Kao Miura 3 3 152.30 (assigned to Riga)

SP top 3::
1 Kagiyama 73.64 41.72 31.92 6.50 6.17 6.33 6.42 6.50 0.00 #14
2 Sato 72.49 38.58 33.91 6.83 6.58 6.92 6.83 6.75 0.00 #16
3 Miura 53.27 26.78 26.49 5.58 5.08 5.33 5.17 5.33 0.00 #18
Protocols: https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/11/56/data0503.pdf
FS top 3:
1 Kagiyama 156.77 84.27 73.50 7.50 7.00 7.42 7.33 7.50 1.00 #6
2 Sato 149.61 83.93 66.68 6.75 6.25 6.75 6.67 6.92 1.00 #5
3 Miura 99.03 46.05 52.98 5.58 5.08 5.33 5.33 5.17 0.00 #4
Protocols: https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/11/56/data0505.pdf
 

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Protocols of Gensan Summer Cup

ETA:
Sr Ladies
SP https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0403.pdf
1 Shiraiwa, 2 Yokoi, 3 Yamashita, 4 Miyake, 5 Kasakake, 6 Sakamoto, 7 Nitaya, 8 Nagai, 9 Kagoya, 10 Takeno
FS https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0405.pdf
1 Yokoi, Sakamoto, 3 Shiraiwa, 4 Takeno, 5 Kasakake, 6 Nagai, 7 Nitaya, 8 Kagoya, 9 Yamada, 10 Oba

Jr Ladies (level 7)
SP https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0203.pdf
1 Matsuike, 2 Honda, 3 Sumiyoshi, 4 Kamoi, 5 Ise, 6 Watanabe, 7 Tejima, 8 Yoshida, 9 Okamoto, 10 Yoshimoto
FS https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0205.pdf
1 Matsuike, 2 Sumiyoshi, 3 Yoshida (with a clean 3A, GOE +1.28 ), 4 Tejima, 5 Okamoto, 6 Watanabe, 7 Uramatsu, 8 Honda, 9 Ise, 10 Yoshimoto, ...13 Yokoi (with a 3A-2T, GOE -0.16)

Sr Men
SP https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0503.pdf
1 Tomono, 2 Yamamoto, 3 Yamakuma, 4 Kishina, 5 Nakano
FS https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0505.pdf
1 Tomono (with 4T-3T and 4S), 2 Yamamoto (with 4T-3T and 4T), 3 Ishizuka, 4 Tokikuni, 5 Yamakuma, 6 Nakano

Jr Men
SP https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0303.pdf
1 Sumoto, 2 Miyake, 3 Sasaki
FS https://www.jsfresults.com/local/2019-2020/fs/25/53/data0305.pdf
1 Sumoto, 2 Moriguchi, 3 Kataise ...7 Miyake, 11 Sasaki

No ice dance/pairs

ETA2:
@Jeschke #Nagai #6th #TTW
SP: Byakuyako
FS: Adios Nonino
 
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Sounds like there was some sort of summer competition?

1. Yuma Kagiyama - landed 4T
2. Satoshi Sato
3. Yoshio Miura

Info based on this tweet: https://twitter.com/online_on_ice/status/1160566850905767937?s=21

Yuma was one of my favorite JGP discoveries last year so any more info would be great. Sounds like he’s in good shape for the JGP!
Kagiyama is my favorite in the Jr men's field for this season, too. He along with Shun Sato and Kao Miura are the three who are supposed as the most promising Jr men from eastern Japan. Among them I like Kagiyama the best.

Someone posted an analysis of Summer Trophy. (1 Kagiyama 2 Sato 3 Miura)
 

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Japan's national qualifying competition schedule (English page): https://www.jsfresults.com/National/2019-2020/fs_e/index.htm

Tohoku-Hokkaido Regional Sep. 20 - 23, 2019 Hachinohe, Aomori
Kanto Regional Oct. 3 - 6, 2019 Kofu, Yamanashi
Tokyo Regional Sep. 20 - 23, 2019 Nishitokyo, Tokyo
Chubu Regional Sep. 27 - 29, 2019 Nagoya, Aichi
Kinki Regional Oct. 3 - 6, 2019 Otsu, Shiga
Chu-Shikoku-Kyushu Regional Sep. 26 - 29, 2019 Fukuoka, Fukuoka

National Novice Oct. 18 - 20, 2019 Nishitokyo, Tokyo

Eastern Section (Senior and Junior) Oct. 24 - 27, 2019 Karuizawa, Nagano
Western Section (Senior and Junior) Nov. 1 - 4, 2019 Otsu, Shiga

National Junior Nov. 15 - 17, 2019 Yokohama, Kanagawa

Nationals Dec. 18 - 22, 2019 Shibuya, Tokyo
 

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Mai Mihara update excerpted below from her cheer thread: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/mai-mihara-cheer-thread.104121/#post-5618440
Mai was out of THE ICE and also withdrew from Gensan Summer Cup (a local competition held this past weekend). And now Coach Nakano revealed Mai is resting in her house due to poor physical condition. Coach Nakano team's summer camp is ongoing in Iwate now and Mai is not able to take part in it.
Yesterday Coach Nakano answered when she was asked about Mai "She's getting better a bit but her current status is that she significantly lost physical strength and has poor appetite. She's not in a hospital but her doctors don't allow her [to join the summer camp]." It's the most likely that she'll withdraw from Lombardia Trophy (scheduled in September) and the coach explained "We'll do our best so that she can be ready for Kinki regional (in October)."
 

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