Japan beat China 5-0!
Takao Suzuki def. Di Wu 6-2 6-3
Go Soeda def. Ze Zhang 4-6 6-3 6-2
In the third round, Japan will face either South Korea or Uzbekistan from May 8-10. At the moment, the Uzbeks lead the South Koreans 2-1.
The next tie will be in Japan if the opponents are the South Koreans, and in Uzbekistan if it's the Uzbeks.
The problem for Kei is he will have to fly back to Asia in the middle of the European clay court season, in the same week as Munich/Estoril/Belgrade and the week before Kitzbuhel (moved from Portschach) and World Team Championship.
Japan usually doesn't play in WTC, but it's a pity he can't enter Munich/Estoril/Belgrade and Kitz because those tournaments would be easier for him to enter than the Masters Series events and Balcelona, which Kei will have to qualify.
Uzbekistan will probably choose clay, but South Korea may choose a faster surface, so from Kei's point of view, it would be easier to prepare for the Uzbeks, although Istomin will be tough to beat at home.
Unlike this time, Japan will probably need Kei to advance next time. If they win, they can then play in the World Group play-off in September.