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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:

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Feb 10, 2016

Japanese hoops waking up to skill training

Japanese athletes have always been labeled inferior in size and power, forcing them to rely on skill and technique to compete on the international stage. But here’s the question: Is their skill and technique really cutting-edge? And are they enough to make them competitive ...

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Feb 5, 2016

Goromaru embraces opportunity with Queensland Reds

Though he received widespread media exposure following his success at last fall’s Rugby World Cup, Ayumu Goromaru is a man of few words, at least publicly. He’s not reluctant to make media appearances. He’ll do it to promote the sport. But he just doesn’t ...

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Feb 1, 2016

JRFU lays out vision for future under new coach Joseph

Following the Japan Rugby Football Union’s recent announcement that Jamie Joseph would take over as head coach of the men’s national rugby union team, the governing body explained its selection process for Eddie Jones’ successor and the team’s plans for the future on Monday. ...

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

Jan 29, 2016

Tochigi's Brenton a multitalented player

In Japanese basketball, teams usually ask import players to provide size and scoring ability. But what Tommy Brenton supplies is much more than that. Brenton is averaging just 8.7 points per game this season, but he has still found his comfort zone in his ...

Horie named Top League season MVP

Jan 25, 2016

Horie named Top League season MVP

Shota Horie of the Panasonic Wild Knights was on Monday selected as the best player of the 2015-16 Top League season in Japanese rugby’s banner year. The 30-year-old hooker, who helped Panasonic win its third straight championship with a 27-26 victory over the Toshiba ...

Coaches recall trail-blazing '71 Utah State visit

Jan 20, 2016

Coaches recall trail-blazing '71 Utah State visit

Many people enjoy the convenience of today’s digital era, where they rely heavily on things like email, Facebook and Line to send messages. But before that, writing letters was a major method of connecting people. Mailing a letter in an envelope or a card ...

Gardner leads West past East in NBL All-Star Game

Jan 17, 2016

Gardner leads West past East in NBL All-Star Game

Let’s be honest — the game was dull for much of the time as the players abandoned defense and just tried to shoot 3-pointers or dunk the ball. But in the end they found their competitive spirit, and gave the audience some extra time ...

SeaHorses climb back to summit with All-Japan victory

Jan 11, 2016

SeaHorses climb back to summit with All-Japan victory

Despite the numerous titles they’ve won — no, precisely because they’ve won so many and know how sweet it is — anything short of a championship is unacceptable for the Aisin SeaHorses. The Aichi Prefecture club captured its first Emperor’s Cup in five years ...

Tokashiki leads Sunflowers to rout of Iris in All-Japan final

Jan 10, 2016

Tokashiki leads Sunflowers to rout of Iris in All-Japan final

The Jx-Eneos Sunflowers maintained their dominance of Japan’s women’s basketball scene as they completed a three-peat with an 83-44 victory over the Denso Iris in the final of the All-Japan Championship at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Sunday. Superstar forward Ramu Tokashiki had 19 points, ...