Japan has formally applied to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, as well as the following tournament in 2019.
The Japan Rugby Football Union say they've sent a letter of intent to the International Rugby Board confirming the country's bid for both tournaments.
By submitting a letter of intent for both World Cups, Japan can keep the option open to bid for either, or both, in their final tender to the IRB next year.
The JRFU says bringing the tournament to Japan and Asia would unlock the potential of rugby as a truly global sport.
Japan lost out to New Zealand in the bidding for the 2011 World Cup.