The 2012 season gets under way in Kochi prefecture this weekend with the staging of the Western Japan Shakaijin Tournament. The participants of this competition are typically the teams that finished first and second in the previous season's Chugoku, Kansai, Kyushu and Shikoku Leagues, although sometimes there are dropouts due to things like promotion to the JFL or withdrawal from Regional League football. Promoted Kyushu kings AC HOYO ELAN Oita have indicated that they will play as part of their preparations for the forthcoming JFL season, although there are question marks over which teams will represent Shikoku following the separation from Ehime FC of champions Shimanami. The Western Japan Shakaijin title is held jointly by Kamatamare Sanuki and Renofa Yamaguchi, who each won their four-team mini-pools in Osaka. A final play-off had been scheduled but a full day's tournament play was lost due to snow. This year the intention from the start is for the title to be shared, with the likes of FC Kagoshima, Nara Club and Dezzolla Shimane hopeful of challenging favourites HOYO.