Team Japan 2021-2022
 
On July 14, the criteria for Japanese skaters to be considered for a place on the 2022 Olympic team was announced by the Japan Skating Federation.
 
MEN AND WOMEN
 
The winners of the All Japan Championships will automatically earn a place on the team;

The second skater will be selected based on the following criteria:

Second and third placements at the All Japan Championships
Top two participants at the 2021 Grand Prix Final
Top three ISU season best scores at the end of the All Japan Championships.

The third skater must meet the following criteria:

(A)  A skater who falls under (A), (B) or (C) of the second group but is not selected in that group
(B)  Top three in the ISU World Standings at the end of the All Japan Championships
(C)  Top three ISU Season World Rankings at the end of the All Japan Championships
(D) Top two season best technical scores in international competitions, the All Japan Championships and domestic competitions as designated by the strengthening department

PAIRS AND ICE DANCE

Japan has returned one of the two pairs spots it earned at the 2021 World Championships and has just one spot in ice dance. 

The selection will be made from the groups that meet any of the following criteria:

All Japan Championship top group
ISU World Standing at the end of the All Japan Championships
The highest in the ISU Season World Ranking at the end of the All Japan Championships
The highest of the ISU Season Best Scores at the end of the All Japan Championships

“Participation in the All Japan Championship, which is the final selection, is mandatory. However, if the athlete who finished third at the World Championships in the past cannot participate in the All Japan Championship due to unavoidable reasons such as injury, then that skater’s performance before the occurrence of injury or other circumstances that caused the non-participation may be evaluated in light of the above selection criteria, and selection may be made while looking at the condition at the time of the tournament.”

The domestic competitions designated by the Strengthening Department are as follows: East Japan Championship, West Japan Championship, East Japan Junior Championship, West Japan Junior Championship, All Japan Junior Championship, All Japan Championship. The highest total score of the short and long programs in competition for the season (within the same competition).

On April 22, the Japan Skating Federation announced the athletes that will be members of Team Japan 2021-2022. The top three singles skaters in men’s and ladies fall under a special category, with the remaining team members ranked in two separate groups. All skaters named below will be eligible for assignments to international events at the junior and senior levels this coming season. Japan will not be fielding any skaters to the first three Junior Grand Prix events.

Top Level

Men: Yuzuru Hanyu, Yuma Kagiyama, Shoma Uno

Ladies: Rika Kihira, Satoko Miyahara, Kaori Sakamoto

Level A

Men: Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda, Kao Miura, Sena Miyake, Shun Sato, Koshiro Shimada, Keiji Tanaka, Kazuki Tomono

Ladies: Wakaba Higuchi, Mana Kawabe, Rino Matsuike, Mai Mihara, Mao Shimada, Yuhana Yokoi, Hana Yoshida

Pairs: Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara

Ice Dance: Misato Komatsubara/Takeru Komatsubara

Level B:

Men: Sota Yamamoto, Sumitada Moriguchi , Yuto Kishina, Kosho Oshima, Shunsuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Tsuboi, Keisuke Kadowaki

Ladies: Yuna Shiraiwa, Rin Nitaya, Tomoe Kawabata, Rion Sumiyoshi, Ayumi Shibayama, Ami Nakai, Natsu Suzuki, Mone Chiba

Ice Dance: Kana Muramoto/Daisuke Takahashi

Synchronized Skating: Jingu Ice Messengers

Following a board meeting on June 23, the Japanese Skating Federation published the dates and locations for the novice, junior and senior competitions for the upcoming season.

 
Japan 2021 Regionals
Sep. 23-26 — Kyoto Chuu Shikoku Kyushu
Sep. 24-26 — Tokyo Chubu
Sep. 30-Oct. 3 — Sapporo Kanto
Oct. 1 -3 — Tohoku/Hokkaido
Oct. 7-10 — Chiba Tokyo
Oct, 7-10 — Nagoya Kinki
 

2021 Sectionals
Oct. 28-31 East Sectionals Tokyo
Nov. 4-7 West Sectionals Fukuoka

The ice dance qualifying competition will be held at East Sectionals, and the pairs at West Sectionals.

2021 Japan Championships
Oct. 22-24 Novice Shiga Prefectural Ice Arena
Nov. 19-21 Junior NGK Arena Nagoya

The 2021 All Japan Championships, which the federation has designated as the qualifying competition for selection to the 2022 Olympic team, will take place Dec. 22-26 at the Saitama Super Arena.

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