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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:

Ito hoping to hit ground running with Rainbow Warriors

Aug 18, 2016

Ito hoping to hit ground running with Rainbow Warriors

Japanese running back Genta Ito felt he didn’t showcase a sufficient enough performance during his two years at Santa Monica Junior College to extend his football career. Playing for a Division I team in college football in the United States had been his goal ...

Japan Paralympic squad receives spirited send-off for Rio Games

Aug 2, 2016

Japan Paralympic squad receives spirited send-off for Rio Games

Paralympic sports have been receiving greater attention in recent years. As a result, Japanese athletes were even more excited about competing in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games when they attended a warm send-off reception at a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday. The Japanese ...

Ex-Wolverines set for Japan debut

Jul 30, 2016

Ex-Wolverines set for Japan debut

Like most other American players, quarterback Devin Gardner and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon had no idea that football was even played there. Now, the two former University of Michigan players will open up a new chapter of their football career “there” — in Japan. ...