On April 21, the Japan Skating Federation (JSF) announced its developmental team for the 2022-2023 season. Last season there were only three men and three women in the ″Special″ category, but this year it has been expanded to six men and four women. All skaters named below will be eligible for assignments to international events at the junior and senior levels this season.
Along with the medalists from senior Worlds, the JSF included the reigning junior champion Kao Miura and the 2022 World junior bronze medalist Tatsuya Tsuboi in the top group for the upcoming season. Kazuki Tomono also earned a place in that group following his strong showing at the World Championships in March.
Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi confirmed they are returning for another season. Yuzuru Hanyu is off the list following his retirement announcement on July 19.
As Rika Kihira did not compete last season she has not met the criteria, but it is expected she will be assigned to international competitions this season and will be added to the roster at a later date.
Satoko Miyahara announced her retirement on her 24th birthday (March 26) and Keiji Tanaka followed suit on April 11. Miyahara plans to skate in shows and Tanaka is going to move into an assistant coaching role.
Yuzuru Hanyu, Shoma Uno, Yuma Kagiyama, Kazuki Tomono, Kao Miura, Tatsuya Tsuboi
Women: Kaori Sakamoto, Wakaba Higuchi, Mana Kawabe, Mai Mihara
Pairs: Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara
Men: Sena Miyake, Shun Sato, Sota Yamamoto, Nozomu Yoshioka
Women: Rinka Watanabe, Rino Matsuike, Rion Sumiyoshi, Mao Shimada, Mone Chiba
Ice Dance: Misato Komatsubara/Tim Koleto, Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi
Men: Koshiro Shimada, Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda, Takeru Kataise, Kosho Oshima, Shunsuke Nakamura, Ryoga Morimoto, Ryusei Kikuchi
Women: Hana Yoshida, Ayumi Shibayama, Yuhana Yokoi, Azusa Tanaka, Ami Nakai, Ikura Kushida
Ice Dance: Nao Kida/Masaya Morita
Synchronized Skating: Jingu Ice Messengers
The JSF has announced most of the skater assignments for the 2022 Junior Grand Prix Series. The Japanese women have 11 entries in total at all seven events. Japanese press announcement
France: Shunsuke Nakamura, Ryoga Morimoto; Hana Yoshida, Ayumi Shibayama
Czech Republic: Nozomu Yoshioka, Haru Kakiuchi; Mao Shimada, Ikura Kushida; Nao Kida/Masaya Morita;
Haruka Murakami/Sumitada Moriguchi (pairs)
Latvia: Tudoi Suto, Rio Nakata; Ami Nakai
Armenia: Takeru Amine Kataise, Shunsuke Nakamura; Hana Yoshida, Mone Chiba
France: Nozomu Yoshioka; Mao Shimada; Nao Kida/Masaya Morita
Poland: Tudoi Suto
Italy: Takeru Amine Kataise, Rio Nakata
2022-2023 SEASON PROGRAMS
Uno — SP: Gravity / FS: Air on the G String/Mea Tormenta, Properate!
Kagiyama — SP: Believer / FS: Rain, In Your Black Eyes / EX: Underground
Tomono — SP: Happy Jazz / FS: Die Fledermaus (Overture)
Kao Miura — FS: Phantom of the Opera
Sato — SP: Carol of the Bells
Tsuboi — FS: Torn (Redux)
Sakamoto — SP: Rock With You/Feedback / FS: Elastic Heart
Higuchi — SP: Never Tear Us Apart
Mihara — SP: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Kawabe — SP: When the Party’s Over/Bad Guy / FS: Drowning