Recall, the bookmakers changed after the first semi-final of the competition.
The snub is a significant upset for the country, particularly because it withdrew from last year's contest after the host nation, Ukraine, banned its contestant, Julia Samoylova, from entering the country.
We doubt Pikachu has swapped sides permanently, and suspect he'll be supporting Japan when the national team arrives in Russian Federation later this year for the FIFA World Cup.
Four loud explosions heard in Saudi Arabia
About 7000 arrive each month, mostly from Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea, transiting Yemen in the hope of reaching Saudi Arabia. It identified the missiles fired as Burkan, or Volcano, missiles.