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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:

Samurai Japan unveils remaining players for MLB series

Oct 9, 2014

Samurai Japan unveils remaining players for MLB series

The organizers of the 2014 Nichibei Yakyu all-star series announced the remaining players for the Japan national team and 10 more players for the major league squad on Thursday. For the Japanese team, dubbed Samurai Japan, young star hurlers Shohei Otani (Hokkaido Nippon Ham ...

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

Oct 9, 2014

NBL's second season tips off this weekend

In many ways, the National Basketball League’s first year was a trial-and-error period. And Year Two is geared to provide more diversion and success. As the 2014-15 NBL campaign opens on Friday night with a game between the reigning champion Toshiba Brave Thunders and ...

Frontiers place title hopes in Cameron

Oct 6, 2014

Frontiers place title hopes in Cameron

In order to finally win the X League championship, the Fujitsu Frontiers have perhaps found the last piece of the puzzle with the acquisition of American quarterback Colby Cameron. For sure, Cameron has lived up to the hype for his latest team, which is ...

Sato shines as role model

Oct 4, 2014

Sato shines as role model

With her clumsy but emotional and breathtaking presentation at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid in September 2013, Mami Sato became a household name in Japan. Sato stepped to the podium to lead off Tokyo’s bid ...

UFC eyeing Asian market

Sep 24, 2014

UFC eyeing Asian market

This past Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Japan for a third straight year to host a show, dubbed UFC Fight Night Japan, at Saitama Super Arena. Used to hosting huge mixed martial arts events like K-1 and PRIDE, Japan remains one of ...

Basketball star Oh reflects on journey to Japan

Sep 17, 2014

Basketball star Oh reflects on journey to Japan

Asako Oh, a Japan women’s basketball national team center, balked at enrolling in a Japanese high school about a decade ago. Now she has no regrets about her decision. Oh, a native of Tianjin, China, was persuaded to come to Japan by Mitsuo Yasue, ...