TOKYO - Japan's new football supremo Junji Ogura will head the country's bid to host the 2022 World Cup, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said on Monday.
The 71-year-old was named the JFA's new president on Sunday after his predecessor Motoaki Inukai stepped down after a two-year term citing health reasons.
The JFA told Reuters that FIFA executive committee member Ogura will take charge of Japan's bidding process for the 2022 World Cup.
Ogura himself told a news conference he was not looking beyond two years in charge.
"At my age I will be looking to retire in two years," the former JFA vice president told reporters. "I'm surprised the job has suddenly come along but I was asked to step in."
Japan, who co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea, are also on the lookout for a new coach.
The Blue Samurai reached the last 16 of this year's World Cup in South Africa under Takeshi Okada, who stepped down after the tournament.