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Japan Skates has conducted thirty-seven interviews with top members of the Japanese ladies and mens teams, and counting! Click on the pic to access the interview page.


We've also conducted seven special feature interviews in response to fan interest. Click below to read these interviews with some of skating's brightest international stars of the past, present and future.


Special Interviews


And we're not finished yet...

kento Aiko interviews Kento Nakamura

 Finlandia Trophy, Espoo, Finland. - October 7, 2012

Kent is on a quest for beauty and strengh!

kento Aiko interviews Yuzuru Hanyu

 Finlandia Trophy, Espoo, Finland. - October 6, 2012

How close are we to meeting the "Ultimate Yuzuru"?

kento Aiko interviews Akio Sasaki

 Kanegawa Skating Rink, Higashi-Kanegawa - September 3, 2012

The sixth feature in our "Depth" series features a "showman prodigy!"

kento Mark interviews Yuki Nishino

 FSB Summer Skate, Thornhill, Ont. - August 18, 2012

Is practice going to make perfect for this young star?

kento Aiko interviews Chisako Kiuchi

 Meiji Jingu Gaien - July 14, 2012

The latest installment of our "Depth" series introduces us to a "multi-coloured" young skater training full-time in Sweden!

kento Aiko interviews Tatsuki Machida and Takahito Mura

 4CC, Colorado Springs - February 11, 2012

The latest installment of our "Depth" series shows Japan's "core strength" - two exciting young stars making waves at the senior level.

kento Mark interviews Fumie Suguri

 Tom Graham Arena, Richmond Hill, Ontario - February 9, 2012

Long-time friend of Japan Skates tells us of her exciting plans for the new season... including a short program that has to be seen to be believed!

kento Aiko interviews Nobunari Oda

 Umeda, Osaka - January 26, 2012

In our latest interview with Nobunari, the skater opens up about what inspires him to overcome pain and skate toward the light.

kento Mark interviews Daisuke Takahashi

 Skate Canada, Mississauga, Ont. - October 30, 2011

In our first-ever interview with him, Daisuke discusses life and training in France, his decision to continue skating and his disaster relief charity.

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Aiko interviews Kento Nakamura

 Meiji Jingu Gaien - September 4, 2011

Next in our "Depth" series... Kento discusses the great influence dance has on his programs.

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Aiko interviews Yukina Ota

 Kyoto Station - August 18, 2011

Next in our "Depth" series... "Troubadour" Yukina tells of her travels, and journey, in skating in her third interview with Japan Skates

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Aiko interviews Tomoko Imagawa

 Ashiya Station - July 31, 2011

Second in our "Depth" series... "Super Woman" Tomoko talks about skating, coaching, writing and mothering

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Aiko interviews Takuya Kondoh

 Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo - June 15 and 25, 2011

First in our "Depth" series on future and former Japanese stars!

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Aiko interviews Nobunari Oda

 Kansai University, Japan - March 29, 2011

Does marriage rev Nobu up?!

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Aiko interviews Fumie Suguri

 National Winter Sports Competition, Tokyo - February 9, 2011

Fumie is working on her... skeleton?!

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Aiko interviews Akiko Suzuki

 Nagoya, Japan - September 1, 2010

What is the story behind Akiko's breathtaking programs?

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Mark and Gigi interview Fumie Suguri

 Tom Graham Arena, Richmond Hill, Ontario - April 29, 2010

What motivates Fumie to continue...maybe even to Sochi 2014?

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Mark interviews Yuki Nishino

 All-Japan Championships, Osaka - December 26, 2009

Was Yuki nervous at her first senior Nationals?

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Mark interviews Yuka Sato

 Skate Canada, Kitchener, Ont. - November 21, 2009

Is Yuka's coaching style influenced by her famous father's?

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Mark and Gigi interview Yuki Nishino

 FSB Summer Skate, Thornhill, Ont. - August 14, 2009

Does Yuki think she can regain top form and star in senior?

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Mark, Gregg and Gigi interview Nana Takeda

 Skate Canada, Ottawa - November 2, 2008

Was Nana hobbled by an injury at Skate Canada?

Fumie Suguri

 Mark, Gregg and Gigi interview Fumie Suguri

 Skate Canada,Ottawa - November 2, 2008

With her jumps in place, what does Fumie need to work on now?

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Mark, Gregg and Gigi interview Yasuharu Nanri

 Skate Canada, Ottawa - November 1, 2008

 How does Yasu handle attention from the ladies?!


Yuko at interview

Mark, Gregg and Gigi interview Yuko Kawaguchi

 Skate Canada, Ottawa- November 1, 2008

Is Yuko really as serious as she seems?!

yukina and ryo

Mark interviews Ryo Shibata (and Yukina Ota)

 Toronto, Ontario - August 11, 2008

 What (or whom) would Ryo take to a desert island?!

fumie and gregg

Gregg interviews Fumie Suguri

Ice House, Hackensack, NJ - July 15, 2008

Does Fumie believe her coaching change will lead her to an Olympic medal?

mao signing autographs

Mark and Gigi interview Mao Asada

Skate Canada, Quebec City - November 3, 2007

How does Mao respond to the intense media attention?

nana at interview

Mark and Gigi interview Nana Takeda

 Skate Canada, Quebec City - November 3, 2007

 Is Nana intimidated competing against the likes of Mao?

yukari holds up japanskates hat

Mark and Gigi interview Yukari Nakano

 Skate Canada, Quebec City - November 3, 2007

Has Yukari committed to the next Olympics?

akiko and aki

Mark and Gigi interview Akiko Kitamura

Central Ontario Summer Skate - Thornhill, Ontario August 19, 2007

What was the story behind Akiko missing last season

yukina and mark

Mark, I-Ching and Gigi interview Yukina Ota

Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club August 10, 2007

How difficult has the road to health been for Yukina?

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Mark, I-Ching and Gigi interview Nobunari Oda

Central Ontario Summer Skate - Thornhill, Ontario August 20, 2006

How did "Naboo" cope with the shocking placement
reversal at the Japanese national championships?

aki signs autograph

Mark and I-Ching interview Aki Sawada

Central Ontario Summer Skate - Thornhill, Ontario
August 19, 2006

What would Aki like to change about herself heading into
this season?

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Mark and I-Ching interview Yukari Nakano

Skate Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, MI - July 22, 2006

Did Yukari have hard feelings about being left off the Torino Olympic team?

mark interviews yoshie

Mark and Gregg interview Yoshie Onda

Skate America, Atlantic City - October 23, 2005

Was Yoshie nervous to skate after Alissa Czisny brought the house down?

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Gregg and Mark interview Miki Ando

Winterhurst Club, Cleveland

October 19, 2005

Miki italks of her popularity, the quad and her life in America!

yoshie holds up bio page

Mark interviews Yoshie Onda

Granite Club, Toronto October 7, 2005

Yoshie speaks of her favorite gift, best performance and future plans...