Japan’s Asada in the spotlight at NHK Trophy (AP)

World champion Mao Asada wants to put her struggles behind her with a strong performance in this weekend’s NHK Trophy. Coming off a second-place finish at the Trophee Bompard, the Japanese skater will be bidding to secure a place in the Grand Prix Finals in South Korea with a first- or second-place finish in the NHK Trophy, the last opportunity to qualify for the finals in December.

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