The Japanese Federation has announced that Mao Asada will skate in the Senior GP this coming fall, even though she is not eligible for Senior ISU championship events. She is #20 on the ISU Ranking list, which will guarantee her at least one assignment.
The ISU ranking list has been revised recently, and it is an eye opener:
20. (Mao) Asada
Amazing. Four of the top 5 are Japanese even though none of them made the World podium, and Onda didn't even make it to Worlds.