Japan edged China in the semi-finals in Bangalore ©FIBA

Japan and Australia will meet in the final of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women's Asia Cup after both won their last four contests in Bangalore today.

The Japanese, the defending champions, edged a tight contest with China 74-71 at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in the Indian city.

Australia's passage through was more routine as they beat South Korea 81-64.

Manami Fujioka was the star performer for Japan, chipping in with 19 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds and a steal.

Her country were locked in a tense battle which was level at 32-32 after two quarters.

Australia eased past South Korea and into the final ©FIBA
Australia eased past South Korea and into the final ©FIBA

China, led by Ting Shao's 16 points, took a one-point lead into the final stanza but Japan were able to creep in front to book their place in the final.

Kelsey Griffin was Australia's top player as she scored 16 points in her country's comfortable win.

She also recorded nine rebounds and two steals as the Koreans were outclassed. 

The final will be played in Bangalore tomorrow, with South Korea meeting China for third place.

All four semi-finalists had already qualified for the 2018 FIBA World Cup in Spain on account of reaching the last four.