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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:

Feb 17, 2017

Inter Milan teams up with SHIN9, Inc. to improve health longevity

Italian soccer club Inter Milan has agreed to finalize a partnership with SHIN9, Inc., which runs acupuncture and moxibustion (traditional Chinese medicine therapy) and osteopathic clinics in Japan, to jointly work to develop a health care program, the two organizations announced on Friday in ...

Pavicevic concocts grand plan for Japan men's national team

Feb 6, 2017

Pavicevic concocts grand plan for Japan men's national team

Last week, the Japan Basketball Association and its interim men’s national team head coach Luka Pavicevic announced a 15-man squad for its upcoming exhibition series against Iran in Sapporo. Leading up to the games on Friday and Saturday, the JBA held training camps for ...

Uchimura shrugs off injuries with eye on Tokyo 2020

Feb 5, 2017

Uchimura shrugs off injuries with eye on Tokyo 2020

In gymnastics, the more years you compete, the more damage your body sustains. And for someone like Kohei Uchimura, who takes part in both individual and team all-around competitions, the wear and tear is much greater. So it’s not difficult to imagine that Japan’s ...

JBA names men's squad for February exhibition series against Iran

Jan 31, 2017

JBA names men's squad for February exhibition series against Iran

Star guard Yuki Togashi of the Chiba Jets and twin brothers Kosuke and Joji Takeuchi of the Tochigi Brex and Alvark Tokyo, respectively, headline the 15-man national team roster for an upcoming international exhibition series against Iran, the Japan Basketball Association announced on Tuesday. ...

Inoue ready to ascend on global boxing scene

Jan 26, 2017

Inoue ready to ascend on global boxing scene

Naoya Inoue, arguably Japan’s most promising boxing star, has his sights set on a lofty goal for 2017: to become a bigger global star. The unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion said that he wouldn’t hesitate to fight against the weight division’s best boxers in ...

Kisenosato becomes first Japanese-born yokozuna in almost two decades

Jan 25, 2017

Kisenosato becomes first Japanese-born yokozuna in almost two decades

Unlike during tournaments, an occasional smile crept across Kisenosato’s face. But the 30-year-old mostly maintained his signature stern expression, perhaps anticipating the responsibility about to be bestowed upon him as he ascends to highest rank in the world of sumo. Kisenosato was told by ...