The Japan Basketball Association announced Friday that the men’s national team will play against George Washington University in a three-game series in August.
The “Akatsuki Five” and Colonials will play their first game at Maishima Arena in Osaka on Aug. 13, and will travel to Tokyo for the second game at Ryogkoku Kokugikan, sumo’s capital, on Aug. 16.
Japan and George Washington will wrap up their series on Aug. 19 at Hamamatsu Arena in Shizuoka Prefecture.
GW guard/forward Yuta Watanabe, who’s currently on the provisional Japan men’s national team for the final qualifying tournament for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will play for the Atlantic-10 Conference team unless Japan competes in Brazil and he makes the squad.
Watanabe, 21, helped the Colonials capture the NIT championship with a 76-60 win over Valparaiso University in March in his sophomore season at the school.
In addition to the exhibition games, the GW party is also expected to take part in some other activities during its trip to Japan, such as traveling around the country, but the details have yet to be revealed.
The Japan Times was the first media outlet to report last year that the basketball team of the American university, which is based in Washington D.C., would visit Japan during the summer of 2016.
It will be the first time for the Colonials to fly to Japan to play games.
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