Japanese skaters secured half of the combined 12 total spots for the men's and women's singles competitions for December's JGP Final in Turin.
With her dazzling win, Nakai clinched a spot in the JGP Final, and Kataise, making his long-awaited circuit debut, impressed with his jump landings.
The Japanese teenagers placed first and second, respectively, in the women's competition in Gdansk. Shimada also secured a spot in December's JGP Final.
Men’s runner-up Rio Nakata and women’s bronze medalist Ami Nakai were emotional when their free skate scores were shown during their JGP debuts.
Mao Shimada and Nozomu Yoshioka won the women’s and men’s titles, respectively, to headline Japan’s stellar showing in Ostrava.
The achievements by the Japanese skaters, all of whom are coached by Mie Hamada, were especially noteworthy, as all four medalists made their JGP debuts.
The nation’s skaters will be participating in the Junior Grand Prix this season after missing it the past two years.
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