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Fujitsu RedWave point guard Rui Machida, who was a member of Japan’s silver-winning Tokyo Olympics women’s basketball team, will join the Washington Mystics in the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Japanese team said Monday.

Machida will play in the W League, Japan’s top women’s basketball league, until the end of the season and move to the United States before the WNBA season opens in May. The 28-year-old will seek to become the fourth Japanese to get playing time in the WNBA, joining Mikiko Hagiwara, Yuko Oga and Ramu Tokashiki.

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