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With Japan junior champion Yuhana Yokoi having moved on to the senior ranks, 17-year-old Tomoe Kawabata may represent the Hinomaru’s best chance for a medal at the world junior championships this coming season.

Kawabata was the bronze medalist at the Japan Junior Championships in Fukuoka last season and her combination of elegance and jumping ability has been compared to Yuna Kim. Her potential has been evident to all in the skating community and this may be the year she finally realizes it.

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