Still reeling from the death of her mother a few short weeks ago, Mao Asada has reclaimed the Japanese National skating title. It is her fifth national title. She took out her triple axel and did not hit many triples, but the field was full of errors so she was able to rise to the top.
Akiko Suzuki won the silver medal and Kanako Murakami was able to hold on for the bronze despite a poor showing in the free skate. Haruka Imai was fourth.