If there were a team that had cause to count themselves unlucky in 2012 then Japan would be pushing everyone for that particular title.
Having earned promotion to the World Group the Japanese lost a desperately close tie in the first round against Croatia and then were relegated after losing another thriller as the unfancied Amir Weintraub put in an inspired performance to lead Israel to victory.
They will fancy themselves to make amends for both those losses in their Asia/Oceania Zone Group I first round tie against Indonesia, against whom they hold a 6-1 advantage in previous match-ups.
Indonesia for their part will be hoping to cause a massive by inflicting a third consecutive home defeat for their Japanese hosts. The visitors earned promotion to Zone Group I following a successful campaign in Zone Group II in 2012.