Japan has sent home four players from their Asian Games basketball team for spending the night with prostitues that weren’t Japanese, the head of the delegation Yasuhiro Yamashita said on Monday.

“These women were Asian,” Yamashita said while bowing to reporters.

“Moushi wake gozaimasen.”

The players met a Japanese-speaking local who was handing out flyers on the street and told them about a bar where they could meet women, Yamashita told a news conference.

“I thought because he could speak Japanese they would be Japanese,” said one of the players.

“I’m sorry I have disgraced my homeland.”

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