Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara became the first Japanese pairs skaters to qualify for the International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, featuring the top six point-earners in each discipline, on Saturday.
The couple will be joined by Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, who earned two of the six men's singles spots, and Kaori Sakamoto, the only female singles skater from Japan to clinch a spot, in the Dec. 9-11 event in Osaka. Japan did not qualify in ice dancing.
Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu missed the Grand Prix season with an ankle injury.
The Final fields were set after the conclusion of the Rostelecom Cup in the Russian city of Sochi on Saturday, where Georgia's Morisi Kvitelashvili and Russia's Kamila Valiyeva took the men's and women's titles, respectively.
The Rostelecom Cup was the sixth and last event of the ISU Grand Prix series. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their assigned two Grand Prix events and the top six in each of the four disciplines advance to the Final.