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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:

NBA Finals MVP Iguodala enjoyed first visit to Japan

Aug 28, 2015

NBA Finals MVP Iguodala enjoyed first visit to Japan

An unexpected hero in June’s NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala made his first visit to Japan with both the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and his Finals MVP Trophy in tow on the NBA Clutch Time Trophy Tour earlier this week. “It’s ...

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Aug 25, 2015

Tokashiki eager to put new skills on display

Less than a week before the Japan women’s national team begins competing at the FIBA Asia Championship, Seattle Storm rookie Ramu Tokashiki returned home to join the squad. Her WNBA club, meanwhile, has seven games remaining this season. On the court one day after ...

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

Aug 21, 2015

Star players Tokashiki, Yoshida named to Japan roster

Star players Ramu Tokashiki and Asami Yoshida are the headliners for Hayabusa Japan for the upcoming FIBA Asia Women’s Championship. The Japan Basketball Association announced the 12-woman roster on Friday, and Japan enters the tournament in Wuhan, China, as the reigning champion. Japan captured ...

Japan routs Czech Republic to win three-game exhibition series

Aug 16, 2015

Japan routs Czech Republic to win three-game exhibition series

Sharp-shooter Keijuro Matsui nailed four 3-point shots and scored 18 points in the second quarter alone to boost the Japan men’s team to a 75-61 victory over the Czech Republic on Sunday at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Annex. Team Japan wrapped up the three-game exhibition ...

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

Aug 15, 2015

Japan men bounce back against Czech Republic

A stingy defensive effort by the Japan men’s basketball team paid off as the home team cruised past the Czech Republic 65-54 in the second game of their three-game exhibition series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Big man Joji Takeuchi led ...

Czech Republic cagers edge Japan in exhibition

Aug 14, 2015

Czech Republic cagers edge Japan in exhibition

On Friday, the Japan men’s national team played its first official international contest since FIBA’s suspension of the Japan Basketball Association was officially lifted last Sunday. The result? Japan fell 68-66 to the Czech Republic in an exhibition match at Chiba Port Arena. Japan ...

Togashi to play in Italy

Aug 13, 2015

Togashi to play in Italy

Guard Yuki Togashi has signed a contract with the Dinamo Sassari of the Italian Serie A, the club announced Wednesday. According to Togashi’s agent So Kamoshida, the 167-cm Togashi signed a training camp contract and will have to battle for a spot on the ...

Watanabe ready to lead after worlds success

Aug 12, 2015

Watanabe ready to lead after worlds success

A rising star a couple of years ago, Kanako Watanabe has since grown rapidly and become a core presence on the Japanese national swimming team at the age of 18. The “Tobiuo Japan” team captured four medals, including three golds, at the FINA world ...

Kawabuchi welcomes end of Japan's international basketball ban

Aug 9, 2015

Kawabuchi welcomes end of Japan's international basketball ban

In his opening statement at a news conference on Sunday, Japan Basketball Association president Saburo Kawabuchi joked that there weren’t as many reporters and TV cameras as he had expected. But Kawabuchi understood the reason. He knew that the announcement he was about to ...