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Kaz Nagatsuka

Kaz Nagatsuka is a staff writer covering Japanese sports, including Japanese professional baseball, basketball, American football and individual sports. He has covered big sporting events such as the World Baseball Classic, the NFL Super Bowl and soccer’s World Cup. He also works as a freelance sports writer/translator for Japanese magazines and websites. He has college degrees in commerce and journalism.

For Kaz Nagatsuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

3x3 basketball circuit makes hot start

Jul 12, 2014

3x3 basketball circuit makes hot start

With Typhoon Neoguri having passed, what awaited spectators was glaring sunlight and high temperatures perhaps heralding the start of the real summer. And the arrival of the hot weather coincided with the beginning of the inaugural 3×3 Premier.exe basketball circuit. On Saturday afternoon at ...

FIBA outlines big ambitions for 3x3 basketball

Jul 9, 2014

FIBA outlines big ambitions for 3x3 basketball

Formerly recognized as more of a fun, casual sport played on the streets, FIBA, basketball’s world governing body, is now trying to develop 3×3 into another legitimate form of basketball. In order to achieve that goal, FIBA has targeted a place for the sport ...

Jun 23, 2014

Irie rediscovers mojo after difficult year in pool

After a year of adversity, Japan’s top backstroke swimmer Ryosuke Irie is back in the spotlight, trying to once again be one of the world’s best. After his 200-meter backstroke race at the Japan Open on Sunday at Tokyo Tatsumi International Pool, Irie, who ...

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Jun 14, 2014

Star guard Oga lashes out at JBA

Japan women’s national team star Yuko Oga angrily pointed at a banner that hung on the wall at a practice gym while she had a conversation with reporters. The banner reads: “Go For Olympics.” That’s easier said than done. Oga thinks that the Japan ...

Source says Lang out as coach of Mitsubishi

May 27, 2014

Source says Lang out as coach of Mitsubishi

Antonio Lang has been dismissed as head coach of the the NBL’s Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, The Japan Times has learned. A source familiar with the situation said that the Nagoya-based team told the American coach that it would part ways with him after four ...

Brave Thunders cap dominant season with NBL championship

May 24, 2014

Brave Thunders cap dominant season with NBL championship

They had the best record during the regular season (46-8), produced the league’s best player, and swept through the conference finals. Now they’ve added one last dominating victory in the championship round. It’s just been that kind of a year for the Toshiba Brave ...