UPDATE: The Japan Skating Federation has named its teams for the 2023 ISU Championships. Full list is HERE.
The 2022 All Japan Championships will take place in Kadoma City, Osaka, Dec. 21-25. A total of 30 men, 29 women, two pairs and six ice dance teams are set to compete
The men′s competition will be a battle no one will want to miss, with the newly crowned Grand Prix Final champion Shoma Uno leading the charge and at least six others all chasing a top-three finish. After missing the first half of the season Yuma Kagiyama will be aiming for the podium in order to earn a place on the Four Continents and World Championships teams. Kagiyama drew 30th and will be the last man to skate the short program.
The women′s field is down to 29. In an Oct. 5 press release from the Japan Skating Federation, Wakaba Higuchi announced she was withdrawing from all competitions this season due to a nagging injury. Mai Mihara is on fire this season, and has to be considered the favourite following her two Grand Prix wins and her resounding victory at the Final in Italy. Kaori Sakamoto drew 23rd to skate in the short program and Mihara, 27.
This would have been the first nationals for the pairs team of Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara since 2019. The duo was forced to skip the Championships in 2021 due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in Japan. However, Mother Nature once again crashed their plans when a major snowstorm caused flights out of Vancouver to be cancelled.
The duo posted a message on social media from the airport on Tuesday that it had been ″50 hours since we left Toronto…″. Though they were eventually able to catch a flight to Japan, Kihara′s luggage was left behind in Canada and they had to withdraw.
That leaves Haruna Murakami and Sumitada Moriguchi, who finished fourth at the Junior Grand Prix Final, as the only team competing in the pairs discipline.
Last year there were only two ice dance teams competing — this year there are six. All eyes will be on the dynamic duo of Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi who will be looking to capture their first national crown.
Aside from the seeded skaters and those given an exemption, entries in the four disciplines were determined by the results of the regional/sectional competitions and the national junior championships.
The top eight finishers at the Junior Championships in singles and one pairs team have been invited to the Championships:
Men: Nozomu Yoshioka, Takeru Amine Kataise, Haruya Sasaki, Shunsuke Nakamura, Rio Nakata, Karu Kakiuchi, Tsudoi Suto,
Women: Mao Shimada, Mone Chiba, Ami Nakai, Ikura Kushida, Ayumi Shibayama, Yurina Okuno, Yo Takagi, Haruna Murakami
Pairs: Haruna Murakami/Sumitada Moriguchi
The opening ceremony and the draw take place at 6:30 p.m. (local time) on Dec. 21.
The ″All Japan Medalists on Ice″ show (“Carnival on Ice”) will take place on Dec. 26.
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Takeru Amine Kataise
Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda
Riku Miura /
Haruna Murakami /
Saiko Kikuchi /
Akari Kinoshita /
Misato Komatsubara /
Nicole Takahashi /
Kana Muramoto /
Haruno Yajima /
2022-2023 COMPETITION CALENDAR