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Japan players apologise for 'thoughtless, careless' Asian Games prostitution scandal

800   //    20 Aug 2018, 22:30 IST
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Four players join Japan Basketball Association chairman Yuko Mitsuya and director Tomoya Higashino at a news conference

The Japan basketball players sent home from the Asian Games have apologised for their "thoughtless, careless" actions after allegedly paying women for sex.

Takuya Hashimoto, Keita Imamura, Yuya Nagayoshi and Takuma Sato were said to have still been dressed in national team clothing as they headed into Jakarta following Thursday's 82-71 win over Qatar.

Japan chef de mission Yasuhiro Yamashita said the four "spent the night in a hotel with women" and the players then apologised for the incident at a news conference.

"I am very sorry for our thoughtless behaviour," said Nagayoshi. "I'm terribly sorry."

Hashimoto added: "I was aware that I was doing things I should not do. On the way [to the hotel], I was looking at my clothes and felt it was improper. However, I was careless."

"I also felt that I was doing improper things," said Imamura. "As a player who is representative of Japan and the Japanese flag, I should be a role model in my private life but I wasn't. I was being thoughtless."

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