Q: You’re now referred to as the ace of team Japan in the men’s event. As the wild card of the team, what are your future plans?
A: I’m still trying to process that I’m now referred to as the ace of the team. It seems so surreal. I’m not too attached with the title, and I’m not really interested, either.
In other words, it’s similar to how Takahashi was the ace before when I was just a normal Japanese representative. It doesn’t really matter on whether or not I have the title of “ace” or not. In this time, it’s not surprising if someone else wins even while I have this so-called title. In all honesty, Machida skated an exceptionally beautiful program, and I have to commend him for that. Therefore, it doesn’t matter who has the title of “ace”. I’m the happiest when everybody can all work hard together. I think that with this kind of thinking, Japan’s men’s representatives will be able to succeed in the future as well.