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Thursday, 22nd July 2010
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FIFA give backing to Japanese World Cup bids

A FIFA delegation in Japan to inspect the nation's facilities following its bids for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups reacted positively to one of the country's main stadiums.

According to the chief of the Japanese bid, cited by AFP, the major stadium, which is outside Tokyo, was praised by the visiting FIFA group.

Speaking to reporters, Japan Football Association president Motoaki Inukai said: "They looked at things in great detail and seemed to be very much impressed."

The delegation thought of it as a "fine stadium", he said.

FIFA began its two-month tour of potential host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups last week. There are 24 people in the tour group and the host nations for the events will be chosen by them at a FIFA meeting in early December in Switzerland.

After a shaky start to its World Cup campaign at this year's tournament in South Africa, Japan managed to progress from the group stages to the second round but got no further.

Written by Mark Smith.

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