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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:

Marines icon Omura bows out in final game

Sep 25, 2016

Marines icon Omura bows out in final game

Retiring Chiba Lotte Marines star Saburo Omura had only one season in which he hit above .300 and just one 20-homer campaign, with both marks coming in 2009. Overall, he was a career .265 hitter with 1,363 hits and 127 homers with just a ...

Sunrockers storm past B-Corsairs in pivotal fourth quarter

Sep 24, 2016

Sunrockers storm past B-Corsairs in pivotal fourth quarter

After an electrifying start to the B. League’s inaugural season with a two-game series between the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings earlier the week, other clubs made their league debut across the nation on Saturday. At Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, the Sunrockers Shibuya came ...

Former Bulls great Grant in house for B. League opener

Sep 22, 2016

Former Bulls great Grant in house for B. League opener

Four-time NBA champion Horace Grant, who now serves as an NBA goodwill ambassador, enjoyed the excitement of the B. League’s inaugural game at a jam-packed Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo on Thursday night. “The grand opening (was) very exciting, lots of lights and as ...

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

Sep 21, 2016

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

It’s been a year since Japan shocked the world with its stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in England. And ever since the Brave Blossoms’ breakthrough performance, rugby has been in a far brighter spotlight. As the host nation for ...

BayStars mainstay Miura to retire after 25th season

Sep 20, 2016

BayStars mainstay Miura to retire after 25th season

One day after the Yokohama BayStars celebrated their first-ever Climax Series berth, pitcher Daisuke Miura, one of franchise’s most beloved figures, announced he was bringing his 25-year professional career to an end at the conclusion of this season. Dubbed Hama no Bancho (Boss of ...

B. League chairman heralds new era

Sep 19, 2016

B. League chairman heralds new era

This last decade has marked the darkest period in Japan basketball history, with the sport divided between two rival men’s leagues. What’s more, the Japan Basketball Association was suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing body, for its lack of governance, between December 2014 ...

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

Sep 12, 2016

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

Swimmer Takeshi Matsuda competed with his ultimate goal to beat the world’s elite like Michael Phelps and win an Olympic gold medal. He wasn’t able to achieve that, but it didn’t leave a bad taste in his mouth. Looking back, he treasures every moment ...

Carp fans savor end of 25-year championship itch

Sep 11, 2016

Carp fans savor end of 25-year championship itch

The Hiroshima Carp have strived for the moment for 25 years, and their fans are full of emotion about the team’s long-awaited league championship. On Saturday night, the Hiroshima Carp finally sealed the deal, winning their first Central League pennant since 1991 with a ...