Spain have faced Japan in only five games throughout their history, and all five ended in victory. Of these five games, two – the first two – took place in the Olympic Games: those of 1960 (66-64) and 1972 (87-76).
Spain and Japan did not meet again until 28 years later, and in both 2000 and 2003 it was in friendly matches. The first of them, with a special flavor: it meant the inauguration of the Saitama pavilion (99-58), in which six years later Spain was proclaimed world champion. Two years later, in Huelva, the result was even more forceful (91-38).
The last Spain-Japan dates precisely from the 2006 World Cup, in Hiroshima, with the Japanese as now in host mode and a new very comfortable victory (104-55). At the premiere of these Olympic Games 15 years later, four of the players who were in that match will repeat: Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernández, Marc Gasol and Sergio Rodríguez.
1960 JJ.OO. SPAIN-Japan 66-64
1972 JJ.OO. SPAIN- Japan 87-76
2000 friendly SPAIN- Japan 99-58
2003 friendly SPAIN- Japan 91-38
2006 World Cup SPAIN- Japan 104-55