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Location: Central Japan in the Japan Alps

Ski areas: Shiga Kogen, HakubaPopulation: 350,000

Campaign budget: $11 million

IOC member visits: 68

Games budget: $870 million

Government support: Regional and national government will cover any shortfalls in budget.

Facilities to construct: Ice rinks, speed-skating oval, ski jumps and bobsled-luge run.

Airport: No airport, service by 3 area airports.

Strengths: Large private and government financial support including patronage of the man whom Forbes calls the richest in the world. Only three Olympic Games have been hosted in Asia, two in Japan.

Weaknesses: Distance from airports, need to construct bullet train and lack of Western hotel accommodations.