Population: 127 million
Previous hosting: 2002 cohosts with South Korea
World Cup best: Last 16, 2002 & 2010
Number of proposed stadia/Biggest stadium: 13/Osaka Umeda prov. (80,000)
Celeb figureheads: Hidetoshi Nakata

Complex says: Japan face similar problems to South Korea, being recent hosts and having a time zone unfavorable to the bigger TV markets. The Japanese bid team were surprised with the low rating their bid received from the FIFA inspectors, and a lack of governmental support has been apparent. However, they are playing on the technology card, offering to screen matches in 3-D at fan-fests across the world, and have superb transport links and excellent stadia.
Odds: 40/1