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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:

JBA hopeful new plan helps strengthen men's national team

Dec 7, 2016

JBA hopeful new plan helps strengthen men's national team

The Japan Basketball Association recently announced plans to hold training camps more often as it becomes more serious, and desperate, about developing the men’s national team ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Wednesday, the sport’s national governing ...

Childress trying to get up to speed with NeoPhoenix

Dec 2, 2016

Childress trying to get up to speed with NeoPhoenix

The San-en NeoPhoenix’s recent acquisition of former NBA player Josh Childress came as a surprise near the middle of the inaugural B. League season. Landing in another country to play basketball is a totally different animal, and there is no exception to that even ...

Murata keeps focus on upcoming bout, aims to secure title shot

Dec 1, 2016

Murata keeps focus on upcoming bout, aims to secure title shot

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will join other Japanese star fighters in a Dec. 30 event at Ariake Colosseum, where he will take on Mexico’s Bruno Sandoval, Teiken Gym announced on Thursday. It will be the 12th professional bout for the unbeaten Murata, who has ...

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Nov 29, 2016

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Shohei Otani’s historic season of rewriting the record books and challenging conventional baseball wisdom reached its logical conclusion on Monday night. In a result that came as a surprise to no one, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ two-way star was crowned Pacific League MVP, ...

Game-winning field goal sends Frontiers to X Bowl

Nov 27, 2016

Game-winning field goal sends Frontiers to X Bowl

Fujitsu kicker Hidetetsu Nishimura nailed a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired to help the Frontiers book a spot in the Japan X Bowl for the fourth consecutive year with a 28-26 win over the IBM Big Blue in the X League playoff ...

Boxing megastar Pacquiao seeks to deepen ties with Japan

Nov 27, 2016

Boxing megastar Pacquiao seeks to deepen ties with Japan

It’s questionable whether there is a country in the world where boxing megastar Manny Pacquiao can go completely unnoticed in public. Japan is certainly not one of them. Pacquiao made his first trip to Japan in over a year last week, but his schedule ...

Uchiyama seeks revenge, title in bout with Corrales

Nov 23, 2016

Uchiyama seeks revenge, title in bout with Corrales

Top Japanese boxer Takashi Uchiyama is preparing to take the ring on New Year’s Eve for the sixth consecutive year next month. But this time, unlike the previous occasions, he’s stepping onto the canvas without anything shiny draped over his shoulder. The former WBA ...