AY2006.... About Japan sending your female ice dancers overseas:
A friend of mine, who now coaches at a rink in Toronto, skated for Japan in '96 with Nakako Tsuzuki. He is Russian/Latvian. Not sure, but I think they trained in Lake Placid.
Here is a picture of them at Worlds in Edmonton
<a href="http://archive.sportserver.com/newsroom/ap/oth/1995/oth/mor/arts/031296/2709mor.html" target="top">archive.sportserver.com/newsroom/ap/oth/1995/oth/mor/arts/031296/2709mor.html</a>
I believe she is still Japan's National Dance champ with another Russian partner. Is that correct?