Japan has welcomed a vital recommendation that it host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Rugby World Cup Limited, which owns all rights associated with the tournament and is under the control of the International Rugby Board, recommended on Tuesday that England host in 2015 and Japan in 2019.
Japan is bidding for both the 2015 and 2019 tournaments. The IRB will select the hosts on July 28 in Dublin.
Japan Rugby Football Union president and former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori said he was "extremely happy with the result."
"Our keen wish to hold the Rugby World Cup in Japan to make the game of rugby a truly global sport is finally acknowledged by the IRB and Rugby World Cup Limited," Mori said Wednesday.
The IRB said in a statement: "A tournament in England would allow the IRB to maximize funding available for investment in the game" while a "World Cup in Japan would provide a gateway to the further development and expansion of the game in Asia."
Japan made a strong bid to host the 2011 event, but it was ultimately awarded to New Zealand.
RWCL said in its 74-page report that all World Cups should be held in one nation unless there are "compelling reasons can be presented for matches to be held in other territories."
However Japan's idea of basing a group in Hong Kong and Singapore is likely to be approved by the IRB as they are emerging markets.
Italy and South Africa are the rival bidders for 2015 and 2019.