The Olympic bronze medalist's victory gave Japan its first world title by a woman since Mao Asada won the last of her three titles in 2014.
The Olympic bronze medalist earned level fours on all of her spins and step sequence.
Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada were the first two skaters to sweep both singles titles for Japan, doing so at the 2010 world championships.
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Valieva wilted under the Olympic heat in titanic fashion, thereby allowing the 17-year-old Shcherbakova to win the gold.
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Should Valieva be disqualified, Russian world champion Anna Shcherbakova would become the favorite for the gold medal.
The 18-year-old won the men’s free skate with a personal-best score of 208.94 points.
Kaori Sakamoto, Wakaba Higuchi, Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno make preparations for Japan.
The men’s short program will kick off the team event Friday morning, followed by the rhythm dance and the pairs short program.
“The Olympics are not a recital,” Hanyu said. “It's a place you must win. For that reason, I'll be strongly determined.”
Sakamoto landed six clean triple jumps in her skate to “No More Fight Left in Me” and earned level fours on her spins and step sequence.