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Taka: My grandpa was a zealous person and also was a person of “hate to lose”
        Me and my father, too. The Kozukas basically hate to lose.
        About his zeal for Olympics, I feel that he wanted to keep his vow to friend. 
 
Father: I was not so interested in figure skating (in my younger days) contrary to my
         father’s zeal. I became aware why he had such a zeal for skating, now.
   
Mitsuhiko was greatly shocked with his son’s defeat.
He wanted to do something about it (how to fill a gap of level between Japan and
world) as a chairman of skating federation.
 
He shifted his attention to Soviet Union.
In Soviet Union, the figure skating kingdom, there were many skating lovers.
The Soviet’s skaters had a great skills and expressions and were out of league in others.
“I want to show their wonderful performance to Japanese children”
 
Mr. Takeuchi, the member of skating federation at that time.
Takeuchi: He always said “We must learn”.
       (He had) never been content with the state.   
       He was a person who made the first move for next stage.
 
However, in the period of the Cold War, it was difficult to invite Soviet’s skaters to
Japan.
 
Suddenly, Mitsuhiko had an opportunity to go to Soviet Union.
He led the Japanese team to participate in the competition in 1974.
 (From other information, he also took a role of international judge)
 
Beside the competition, he went to the rink in the city.
He was so surprised that there were many children who were able to skate as well as
adult skaters. They polished thier expression by learning choreograph from ballet dancer.
“I want to make Japan’s figure skating achieve the same level of Soviet’s.
 
At the banquet with Soviet’s skating federation, he made an action.
Mitsuhiko made a speech in Russian.
 
“My dear ladies and gentlemen. I am very happy if I can contribute to Japan-Soviet
friendships and the peace of the world.”
 
He had prepared for this day by learning Russian at the conversation school.
(From other information, he learned Chinese and Russian at the school in Manchurian)
 
Former Soviet skating federation chairman, Mr. Pissev still remembered about it.
"That speech made him became famous among us.
At such a time, there were few people who interested in Soviet.
He gave us a strong impression and remained in our memory."
 
Mitsuhiko’s effort made a fruit three years later.
In 1977, Japan-Soviet Figure Skating Exhibition was held in Nagoya.
Soviet’s skaters made people fascinated with their wonderful skills and expression.
The children saw the top level performance for their first and burnt it into their memory.
 
Japan-Soviet Figure Skating Exhibition was a forerunner of NHK trophy.
NHK trophy started two years later from it.
 
Among those children, a star skater was coming up.
She was a genius girl of jump, Midori Ito.
She became an Olympics silver Medalist.
Thanked for Mitsuhiko’s effort in 30 years, Nagoya sports center was crowded with
many people every day.
 
About that time, there was bright news in the Kozukas.
In 1981, Tsuguhiko was married with Sachiko who was an ice dancer.
In February 1989, they gave a birth to a long- hoped- for child, Takahiko.
 
At age of his five, Takahiko started skating in eager.
Tsuguhiko taught over him “compulsory”, the same way of Mitsuhiko.
 
Mitsuhiko went to rink to film Takahiko’s skating every day.
Takahiko had joined competition from seven years old.
To meet their expectations, Takahiko won the good result in the competitions at his
tender age.
 
At the era of triple jump, Mitsuhiko kept saying his grandchild “Try quad jump”
“The time will soon come when skaters compete to jump quads, so you should try quad!”
 
Omission (Mitsuhiko went to China again.)

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