The cars may not be on-track at Suzuka today but the stands were packed anyway with thousands of fans hoping for a glimpse of the drivers.
In addition to the usual pre-race activities and interviews Michael Schumacher has a special reception with Bridgestone chairman Shoshi Arakawa.
See below for a selection of pictures from Thursday at Suzuka.
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Images ?é?® Ferrari spa, Renault/LAT, Bridgestone/Ercole Colombo, Getty Images/Red Bull, Force India F1 Team