Japan is in third place at the halfway point of the first round of the figure skating team event on Friday with 13 points, behind Canada (17) and the United States (14).

Japan grabbed the early lead following the men's short program in the morning with a stellar effort from Shoma Uno, who finished first and earned 10 points for the victory.

Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara placed eighth in the pairs, which added three points to Japan's total.