"I was going to retire after these Olympics but I have decided to go on until next year's world championships in Tokyo," he told Japanese reporters after taking bronze in Vancouver.
"I haven't won a world gold championship gold medal so I've made that my target," added the 23-year-old. "I'm not thinking of the next Olympics."
Takahashi (pictured), the 2007 world silver medallist, missed the 2008-09 season after rupturing knee ligaments before returning in time for the Vancouver Olympics.
This year's world championships are in Turin next month.