has posted a link http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20120923k0000e050159000c.html in off-season thread, so I just moved it here.
Let me give some more details from this news article just for clarification.
JSF will send Japanese skaters to CoC as scheduled. However, if anti-Japanese demonstrations, which have been put to rest now, are activated again in the future, the athlete may be pulled out. JSF has negotiated the measures because missing CoC will cost Asada, Ando and Takahashi for their GPF.
Seiko Hashimoto, chairwoman of JSF, says "Athletes are our precious treasures and their safety is our top priority. However, this season is very important because it leads up to Sochi Olympics. Therefore, we want to take all measures to send them to the competition.
We will ask ISU to cooperate us to secure safety. Also, for providing the athletes with psychological care, we will ask the Education Ministry for athletes protection guards as a part of its multi-support operations."
I don't know about the last part, but it probably means that JSF wants the Japanese government to be involved in athletes security. If there will be around the clock guards for the athletes and tight security inside/outside the venue, I think it will be OK. I still remember the photos of Mao and her Chinese fans at the airport when she was invited to the show. She was welcomed eagerly and it was really heart warming.
As I wrote earlier, things will be OK, as long as the Chinese government keeps a good control of its people. It's reported in Japan that the anti-Japanese demonstrations in Beijing stopped immediately after the Beijing authority sent e-mail to its residents to not continue demonstrations. And demonstrators in other provinces and regions followed suite, obviously they were told to stop too. As many people say, it's quite obvious those demos were staged-managed by the government and provincial authorities including police, and they successfully managed them without letting them convert to anti-governmental protests.
I suppose the Chinese government allowed anti-Japanese demonstrations but prohibited attacking Japanese people. If there were Japanese victims (some people were attacked but escaped with minor injuries), the Japan-China situation would have gone awfully bad, and situation will get out of the scenario the Chinese government plotted.
It's very sad a Chinese man is half-paralyzed because he was driving a Japanese car. When he was surrounded by the mobs, he get out of his vehicle and apologized to them saying it was his mistake and regret that he bought it, but he couldn't escape from the violence. Probably some of the mobs got hysterical and attacked their own people, which reminds me of those anecdotes on epidemic hysteria in the Cultural Revolution era.
I just hope the Chinese government will complete the change of committee members smoothly so that there will be no more disturbance to sports events by political fuss.
P.S. Mr. Ito said Miki will compete without a coach ...
This is more worrying me ...