The 87th All Japan Championships take place at the Towa Pharmaceutical RACTAB Dome in Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture, Dec. 21-24, 2018.
There are currently 29 men, 29 ladies, two pairs and three ice dance teams scheduled to compete. Berths for Four Continents and Worlds will be decided at this competition.
Yuzuru Hanyu has withdrawn from this competition as he continues his recovery from the ankle injury he suffered at Rostelecom Cup while attempting a quad loop in practice. Shoma Uno will be the headliner in the men′s field and should easily capture the crown in Kadoma City. The ladies competition will be a battle ground with a number of top skaters chasing the title and a trip to the World Championships. Pairs and ice dance have limited fields and the current champions look set to repeat.
Japan will field a team to 2019 Four Continents in February and three skaters in each of the men’s and ladies disciplines at the World Championships. Hanyu and Shoma Uno will be shoe-ins for the first two, but who will claim the third?
Daisuke Takahashi achieved his goal of making the roster for these national championships. He could be the dark horse in the field. Video interview with Takahashi at NHK Trophy
In the ladies field, there are six possible contenders for the three spots in Saitama: Rika Kihira, Satoko Miyahara, Wakaba Higuchi, Kaori Sakamoto, Marin Honda and Mai Mihara.
2019 FOUR CONTINENTS RECAPS