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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:

J-Wave to air live radio broadcast of Super Bowl

Jan 21, 2015

J-Wave to air live radio broadcast of Super Bowl

Japanese FM radio station J-Wave (frequency: 81.3) will carry live game coverage of the Super Bowl XLIX, the company announced on Wednesday. It will be the first time the NFL’s championship game will be broadcast live on Japanese radio. Bilingual sports anchor Yuji Kondo ...

M'Baye runs riot in NBL All-Star Game

Jan 18, 2015

M'Baye runs riot in NBL All-Star Game

Japanese basketball has been plagued by negative news lately, like the FIBA suspension and managerial changes of the Tsukuba Robots and Wakayama Trians. But on this particular day, the players were all smiles for this mid-winter festivity. Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins forward Amath M’Baye racked ...

Salvage plan keeps Wakayama playing in NBL

Jan 15, 2015

Salvage plan keeps Wakayama playing in NBL

The Wakayama Trians will spend the remainder of the season under new management, NBL acting president Mitsuru Maruo said at a Tokyo news conference on Wednesday. The team’s former management submitted a notice of withdrawal to the league due to severe financial woes last ...

JX-Eneos outplays Denso in fourth quarter, claims Empress Cup

Jan 11, 2015

JX-Eneos outplays Denso in fourth quarter, claims Empress Cup

The Sunflowers players and staff insisted after the game that what separated them from their opponents was their spirited mentality rather than their skills. In a highly defensive battle, the reigning champion Sunflowers prevailed in the final quarter, dominating the inside game, as JX-Eneos ...

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

Jan 10, 2015

Dragonflies stun Alvark to reach All-Japan final

In a win-or-go-home tournament, things like this can happen. Just not all the time. The Hiroshima Dragonflies, a first-year professional club in the NBL, stunned Japanese basketball fans when they advanced to the All-Japan Championship men’s final with a 80-78 victory over the powerhouse ...

Financial woes force Trians to quit NBL

Jan 7, 2015

Financial woes force Trians to quit NBL

The Wakayama Trians finished runnerup last year in the NBL, but they were able to enjoy that success for only a short time. The club announced Wednesday that it will not complete the remainder of the current season due to severe financial woes and ...

Cameron delighted to share success with brother

Jan 4, 2015

Cameron delighted to share success with brother

In his first year in Japan, American quarterback Colby Cameron had a successful season and was rewarded at the end with a visit from his family from back home. Nearly three weeks ago at the Japan X Bowl, the X League championship, his parents ...

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Jan 4, 2015

Hachimura beginning to turn heads overseas

Rui “Louis” Hachimura is the next big thing coming out of Japan, and many are already paying attention to the 16-year-old basketball player’s post-high school career. In fact, Hachimura, who was born to a Japanese mother and a father from Benin, has publicly stated ...

Uchiyama slips back into the groove to defend title

Dec 31, 2014

Uchiyama slips back into the groove to defend title

Takashi Uchiyama had his first bout of 2014 on the very final day of the year. In fact, it was his first fight in exactly a year, since last New Year’s Eve. That long layoff didn’t bother the 35-year-old champion, however. Uchiyama defended his ...