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    Translations and Partial Translations

    Partial translation by Axel with Wings :tumblr_inline_mueodxLmx51qdlkyg:



    A tweet thread summarizing Yuzu's research. Thread :68271262:


    Translation of the Departmental Bulletin Paper, Waseda Journal of Human Sciences (67 tweets + 1 reply at the 19th tweet)  :68271262:


    An article in an academic journal which summarizes the first part of his thesis. Thread :68271262:


    Translation of the abstract. Thread :68271262:


    Thread :68271262:


    Another translation compilation:


    A video talking about his thesis [TW: NHK '17 photo]:


    A tweet thread translating Yuzu's interview with Professor Nishimura :67789441:


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    Reports on 24h TV in 2020

    羽生結弦“動いたこと”は卒論完成 24時間テレビにリモート出演
    Published by Sponichi, on August 23, 2020



    羽生結弦“動いたこと”は卒論完成 24時間テレビにリモート出演
    [ 2020年8月23日 16:14 ]





    Translation (by DeepL):


    Hanyu Yuzuru "moved" to complete his thesis and make a remote appearance on 24-hour TV
    [ August 23rd, 2020 at 4:14 pm]

     This is the first time I've been able to do something like this. Hanyu, who has been sharing his thoughts on the disaster area on the show since 2002, showed what he has been "doing" since the pandemic of the new coronavirus.
     In the video recorded on the 13th of this month, Hanyu said, "I've been doing my best to wear a mask wherever I can, and disinfect everywhere I can," in the midst of the corona disaster. Figure skating shoes come in contact with the floor, which is full of viruses. Hanyu said that he pays close attention to infection control even during practice. Hanyu's routine is to pray with the edge on his forehead when he enters the rink, but he also said, "I have to be careful, because (the edge) has touched the floor.

     His games and ice shows were cancelled, and his practice time was cut down. Despite this, Hanyu, who is majoring in Human Information Science in the correspondence course at Waseda University, revealed, "I've been studying hard. He completed his graduation thesis on "how much motion capture technology can be used in figure skating, and what prospects there are. He attached motion capture to his own body, and jumped on land. By digitizing the triple axel, he hopes that it will help improve the skills of future athletes and develop competitions such as AI scoring.

     Hanyu also shared his thoughts on the medical professionals fighting on the front lines of the Corona disaster. I always feel that as the number of hospital beds increases, the people fighting the virus on the front lines of medicine are in great trouble. I always feel that the more hospital beds there are, the harder it is for those on the front lines of medicine to fight the virus. The best way to support them is to prevent the virus from spreading. Just by choosing not to take any action that could lead to the spread of the infection, we are able to move towards a future of recovery," he said.

     Hanyu is also moving toward the future. I hope that the day will come soon when I can act freely, speak freely, laugh freely, and cry freely, without a bit of anxiety, without a bit of worry, in front of you all.


    羽生結弦が卒業論文を公開 24時間テレビに出演
    Published by Nikkan Sports, on August 23, 2020








    Translation (by DeepL):


    Yuzuru Hanyu (25=ANA), the two-time Winter Olympic champion in men's figure skating, made a remotely recorded appearance on Nippon Television's "24 Hours TV" on the 23rd.

    Although he will not perform an ice show this year, which has been a tradition since 2002, it was announced that he would talk about his "movements" after the spread of the new coronavirus infection, in reference to this year's theme, "Movement."

    At the beginning of the broadcast, it was explained that a remote interview had been conducted on the 13th of this month. He smiled and said, "I've been studying. I was studying hard," he said with a smile.

    At Waseda University, where he is enrolled, he majored in Human Information Science. I wonder how much motion capture technology can be used in figure skating. It's basically a thesis that summarizes how much motion capture technology can be used in figure skating, and what kind of prospects it has," he introduced, showing his graduation thesis for the first time, "Research on jumps on land using 3D motion capture."

    He wore a motion capture device on himself, a device that digitally records and analyzes human movements, and jumped a triple axel (three and a half rotational jumps) on land to express his movements. In the future, he hopes to contribute to the development of the skating world by improving skaters' skills and AI scoring, "I've been able to concentrate on my studies because I don't have much time to practice. I think the most important thing is that I was able to complete my thesis," he said.




    Reports on his graduation from Waseda
    羽生結弦、9月に早大卒業 自粛期間中に卒論完成
    Published by Sponichi, on November 9, 2020



    羽生結弦、9月に早大卒業 自粛期間中に卒論完成
    [ 2020年11月9日 05:30 ]


    Translation by DeepL:


    Yuzuru Hanyu graduates from Waseda University in September, completes thesis during self-restraint period
    [ November 9th, 2020 at 05:30 ]


     On November 8, it was learned that Yuzuru Hanyu (25, ANA), the men's figure skating champion at the 2002 Sochi and 2006 Pyeongchang Olympics, graduated from Waseda University's School of Human Sciences in September.
     When he appeared in a remote recording of Nippon Television's "24-Hour TV" in August, he reported that he had completed his graduation thesis during the period of self-restraint due to the Corona disaster. He digitized his own triple axel, and talked about "how much motion capture technology can be used in figure skating, and what kind of prospects it has."




    Interview with Yuzu done by Waseda
    Published in Waseda's PR magazine "CAMPUS NOW" No.237 in October 2020, shared on their official website on November 9, 2020




    写真提供:能登直/㈱集英社 スポルティーバ編集部











    Translation (by DeepL):


    Yuzuru Hanyu
    The driving force behind my desire to never waste my learning
    Yuzuru Hanyu, who has won two Olympic Games in figure skating and continues to lead the world with his many accomplishments, graduated from the distance learning course (e-school) of the School of Human Sciences at Waseda University in September 2020.

    I wanted to look at not only figure skating but also human beings from the field of information, which is evolving at a dizzying pace. That's why I chose to major in Human Information Science.

    Hanyu says that he has always loved to touch computer programs.
    Hanyu says that he always loved using computer programs, and he built his own program that automatically calculates the highest score that a figure skater can get by entering the elements of his performance.

    I've been in the figure skating world for a long time, but I wanted to see myself represented by numbers and data. I've been in figure skating for a long time, but I wanted to see myself represented by numbers and data. Whenever the scoring method is updated, I update my program, and I'm still using it today.

    For his graduation research, Hanyu pursued "the application and future prospects of motion capture technology (technology that captures the movements of people and objects and reflects them in 3D data) in figure skating.
    This is a unique approach for Hanyu, who jumps with 3D motion capture attached to his body, and converts his movements into digital data.

    I wanted to make a breakthrough not only in competition, but also in the field of research. I chose a theme that only I can do, to prove that there are new research possibilities. In the future, I would like to contribute to the development of Figure Skating, such as improving athletes' skills and automatic scoring by AI.

    It is not easy to make time for studies while making brilliant achievements in the busy life of an athlete.
    During his studies, Hanyu wanted to concentrate on his studies when he could, so he took classes on demand on his off days, wrote reports on airplanes during his travels, and submitted them at the airport when he arrived.

    He says, "The e-school gave me the opportunity to learn how to manage my time and change my mind. I realized that it is up to me to create my own learning environment. If you have the desire to learn, it will become a place that influences your values and knowledge. I didn't want to let my learning go to waste. I had a strong desire to do so.

    Hanyu looks back on his university life, "It was tough, but I learned a lot.

    The days of researching gave me the ability to analyze and verify everything, looking at it from many angles. I believe this will be useful not only for figure skating, but also for the rest of my life.

    Born in Miyagi, 1994, graduated from Waseda University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Correspondence Course (e-School) in September, 2020. He is a member of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. and won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the gold medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. In February 2020, he won the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, becoming the first man in history to achieve the "Super Slam". In July of the same year, he won the inaugural ISU Skating Award for the best skater.

    Translation by shinjistarxx:





    An article focused on the thesis based on an interview with Prof. Shoji Nishimura, who supervised Yuzu's graduation thesis
    Published in Sports Graphic Number Vol.1019 released on January 21, 2021, shared on Number Web on April 15, 2021




    フィギュアスケートの世界国別対抗戦が開幕した。初日の男子ショートプログラムに登場するのは、宇野昌磨と羽生結弦。羽生は、日本が優勝した17年大会以来2大会ぶりの出場となる。そこで、「Sports Graphic Number」で掲載した羽生に関する記事を特別に公開する。



    Translation (by @Tsukiyomi)




    Translation (by DeepL):


    "What is the difference between a successful jump and a failed jump? The contents of Yuzuru Hanyu's "30,000-word thesis" at Waseda University

    Ever since he was in elementary school, Hanyu has been writing down and analyzing the factors behind his successes and failures in jumps. In recent years, he has been using a tablet to keep track of his movements.

    The World Figure Skating Championships have started. On the first day, the men's short program will feature Masama Uno and Yuzuru Hanyu. Hanyu will be making his first appearance in two competitions since 2005, when Japan won the championship. For this reason, we are releasing a special article on Hanyu that appeared in "Sports Graphic Number."
     Last fall, Yuzuru Hanyu graduated from the School of Human Sciences at Waseda University. His graduation thesis was guided by Professor Shoji Nishimura of the School of Human Sciences. How did the professor see Hanyu as a student in his eyes?

    The first time I met Hanyu was in a Skype interview before he entered the school, in the fall of 2012, just after the competition. But he showed no signs of fatigue, and I felt his sincere attitude to learning.

     I had thought that if he wanted to master Figure Skating, he would be better off in the School of Sports Science, but he had a clear sense of purpose, saying that he wanted to know how the body moves to make up Figure Skating. I see, that's why I chose the School of Human Sciences.



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