Team Japan - Four
Team Japan - Four

Japan announced its teams for Four Continents, Winter Universiade, Junior Worlds and the World Championships at the conclusion of the national championships on Monday afternoon.

Daisuke Takahashi, who finished second in the men′s event, was invited to join the World team but declined the offer. ″Honestly, I am awfully lost. I want to go Saitama but I could not have prepared my mind to fight the world and should not go out without being prepared,″ the 32-year-old said. ″I feel that the need for younger athletes to gain experience is greater in order to boost skating in Japan, so I declined.″



Four Continents:

Men: Shoma Uno, Keiji Tanaka, Kazuki Tomono
Reserves: Sōta Yamamoto, Shun Sato
Ladies: Kaori Sakamoto, Rika Kihira, Mai Mihara
Reserves: Wakaba Higuchi, Mako Yamashita
Pairs: Miu Suzaki/Ryuichi Kihara
Ice Dance: Misato Komatsubara/Timothy Koleto


World Junior Championships

Men: Tatsuya Tsuboi, Koshiro Shimada 
Reserves: Yuma Kagiyama, Shun Sato
Ladies: Yuhana Yokoi, Wakai Kawabata, Yuna Shiraiwa 
Reserves: Nana Araki, Wakana Naganawa, Yuna Aoki
Pairs: Riku Miura/Shoya Ichihashi
Ice Dance: Ayumi Takanami/Yosimitu Ikeda

Shiraiwa does not have the required minimum scores and will be sent to a junior competition in 2019 to earn them.

Winter Universiade

Men: Kazuki Tomono, Shu Nakamura, Kou Sato 
Reserves: Jun Suzuki, Kazuki Kushida
Ladies: Mai Mihara, Hina Takeno 
Reserves: Rika Hongo, Miyabi Oba

World Championships

Men: Shoma Uno, Keiji Tanaka, Yuzuru Hanyu 
Reserves: Kazuki Tomono, Sota Yamamoto, Koshiro Shimada
Ladies: Kaori Sakamoto, Rika Kihira, Satoko Miyahara 
Reserves: Mai Mihara, Wakaba Higuchi, Mako Yamashita
Pairs: Miu Suzaki/Ryuichi Kihara
Ice Dance: Misato Komatsubara/Timothy Koleto