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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:

SeaHorses dig deep to take NBL Finals opener

May 28, 2016

SeaHorses dig deep to take NBL Finals opener

For 34 minutes, 33 seconds out of the 40 minutes of regulation, the Toshiba Brave Thunders led the game. But it was their experienced opponents who ended up getting the “W.” Aisin geared up defensively to take the momentum and prevailed late in the ...

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

May 28, 2016

Sakuragi still going strong for SeaHorses

Two decades ago, J.R. Sakuragi — well, J.R. Henderson, as he was known then — achieved the best accomplishment of his basketball career as his UCLA Bruins captured the NCAA championship with a 89-78 victory over Arkansas in the final at Seattle’s Kingdome during ...

Aisin, Toshiba renew storied rivalry in NBL Finals

May 27, 2016

Aisin, Toshiba renew storied rivalry in NBL Finals

The Aisin SeaHorses and Toshiba Brave Thunders squared off against each other during the final Japan Basketball League Finals to wrap up the 2012-13 season. Aisin edged Toshiba, winning the series 3-2. During this regular season, the two met five times. Toshiba won 3-2. ...

Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener

May 24, 2016

Kings, Alvark to clash in B. League opener

The B. League revealed on Tuesday that the Alvark Tokyo and Ryukyu Golden Kings will tip off the inaugural season on Sept. 22 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. It is the sole game that will be played on the day, and the other matchups, which ...

SeaHorses upset Alvark to book place in NBL Finals

May 22, 2016

SeaHorses upset Alvark to book place in NBL Finals

The Aisin SeaHorses prevailed when things mattered most as they knocked the No. 1 seed Toyota Alvark out of the postseason with an 84-79 victory in Game 2 of the NBL playoff semifinals at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Sunday. The reigning league ...

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

May 21, 2016

Aisin edges Toyota in Game 1 of NBL semifinals

Bench players Tomoya Hasegawa and Shinsuke Kashiwagi came through to lead the Aisin SeaHorses past the Toyota Alvark with a 69-67 victory in Game 1 of the their NBL playoff semifinal series at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Saturday. Aisin, the reigning league ...

Baker brings skills clinics to Japan

May 20, 2016

Baker brings skills clinics to Japan

Internationally renowned basketball skill guru Ganon Baker came to Japan earlier this month to teach local boys and girls some of the drills and techniques required to elevate a player’s game. At an event in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, which was the final of five ...

Higashino hopes to bring change to Japanese basketball

May 19, 2016

Higashino hopes to bring change to Japanese basketball

As a basketball coach, Tomoya Higashino was sometimes referred to by the nickname “Crusher” because of his dismantling of conventional thinking. Now he’s expected to break Japan’s traditional basketball status quo and spark a complete change. The Japan Basketball Association announced on Thursday that ...