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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 hoop adviser Dunn says Carmelo 'misunderstood'

Jul 2, 2015

Japan hoop adviser Dunn says Carmelo 'misunderstood'

Former New York Knicks assistant coach Jerry Dunn says that the team’s star forward, Carmelo Anthony, is “very misunderstood” by the public. Currently in Tokyo as a special adviser during the Japan women’s national team’s ongoing training camp, Dunn insisted that Anthony, one of ...

Terao invited to train with Islanders again

Jun 26, 2015

Terao invited to train with Islanders again

Nikko Ice Bucks youngster Yuri Terao has been invited to the New York Islanders rookie minicamp next month, the club announced last week. It will be the second consecutive year Terao will join the rookie camp for the NHL’s Eastern Conference team, which formed ...

Future looking bright for Japanese men's basketball

Jun 22, 2015

Future looking bright for Japanese men's basketball

It may not happen right away, but Japan’s men’s basketball looks set to go nowhere but up. And at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, it could field a “Japanese dream team” with exceptional talents, such as Yuta Watanabe, Yuki Togashi and Rui Hachimura. ...

Kurihara aims high for national team, NFL aspirations

Jun 16, 2015

Kurihara aims high for national team, NFL aspirations

Reaching the NFL is every football player’s dream. And that’s no exception for Takashi Kurihara. He wants to be the first Japanese player to make it there. But that doesn’t mean he will take the IFAF World Championship lightly. After all, Kurihara will don ...

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

Jun 14, 2015

Jets hire Pavlicevic as head coach

The NBL’s Chiba Jets have hired former Japan men’s national team head coach Zeljko Pavlicevic as their new bench boss, the Eastern Conference club announced on Sunday. The 64-year-old Croatian established his name during a long coaching career in Europe. His successes include a ...

Guards Yoshida, Machida aiming high with national team

Jun 14, 2015

Guards Yoshida, Machida aiming high with national team

Looking to retain its title at August’s FIBA Asia Championship for Women, the latest Japan national basketball team plans to play with more vigor and speed, partly to make up for its lack of height on the international stage. Two point guards, Asami Yoshida ...