Japan has emerged as a strong rival challenge to Wales' bid to stage the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it has emerged.
Japan is determined to host the event after losing out the New Zealand in the race to stage the 2011 tournament, reports WalesOnline.
If the country successfully bids to hold the 2015 World Cup, some games could also be played in countries such as Hong Kong and Singapore. When France held the games in 2007, for example, some group games took place in Cardiff and Edinburgh.
International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset commented: "We have no problems if Japan decides to give Hong Kong a few games it is up to Japan to come up with a plan that works."
South Africa may also been considering its own bid, after they also missed out last time around.
The nations chosen to host the next two World Cup tournaments will be revealed in July 2009.
The Japanese rugby team recently finished fifth in the Pacific Nations Cup after being narrowly defeated 37-31 by Samoa.
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