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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:

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

Jun 23, 2016

Japan reveals roster for final Rio qualifier

George Washington standout Yuta Watanabe, veteran star guard Yuta Tabuse and the Takeuchi twins (Joji and Kosuke) will lead the “Akatsuki Five” as Japan men’s national team head coach Kenji Hasegawa on Thursday revealed his final roster for the final Olympic qualifier, which takes ...

Lost Kawasaki circuit paved way for Japanese auto racing

Jun 22, 2016

Lost Kawasaki circuit paved way for Japanese auto racing

On a mildly humid, but pleasant, sunny June Saturday, many people flocked to the large area near the Maruko bridge, which crosses the Tama River in Shin Maruko, in Kawasaki’s Nakahara Ward, to enjoy an early-summer weekend. There were little boys playing baseball on ...

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

Jun 18, 2016

Murofushi relaxed heading to nationals

Japan’s track and field icon is back. Koji Murofushi, a two-time Olympic medalist in the men’s hammer throw, has been more of a scholar and sports administrator in the last couple of years. But now the time has come to take off his suit, ...

B. League teams to play 60 games in first season

Jun 10, 2016

B. League teams to play 60 games in first season

The B. League unveiled its inaugural regular-season schedule, which begins this fall, on Friday. The 2016-17 season will start in late September and end in early May. Each team in the first (B1) and second divisions (B2) will play 60 games during the regular ...

Japan names provisional hoop squad with Olympic qualifying looming

Jun 8, 2016

Japan names provisional hoop squad with Olympic qualifying looming

With a month to go until Olympic qualifying in Belgrade, the provisional Japan men’s national basketball team entered its third training camp at Tokyo’s National Training Center on Wednesday. Head coach Kenji Hasegawa selected 16 players for the squad on Tuesday, but Ryusei Shinoyama ...

Brave Thunders ride momentum to wrap up NBL title

Jun 5, 2016

Brave Thunders ride momentum to wrap up NBL title

The Toshiba Brave Thunders are the last men standing in the NBL. The Kawasaki-based club showed lots of resilience and energy in winning the final three games of the best-of-five NBL Finals, clinching the title with a 76-70 victory in Game 5 over the ...