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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:

Japanese collegiate sports study ends Phase 1

Apr 2, 2017

Japanese collegiate sports study ends Phase 1

Japan is currently working to reform college sports and establish its own version of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), creating athletic departments at universities to help it function more efficiently. When that’s accomplished, the hope is that it will benefit universities as a ...

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

Mar 17, 2017

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

These Dutch are hot and dangerous right now. The Netherlands advanced to the World Baseball Classic final round for the second straight edition, and is perhaps better this time because of experienced amassed along the way. Slugger Wladimir Balentien, though, said he doesn’t feel ...

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

Mar 13, 2017

Dominant Sunflowers finish season unbeaten

The Jx-Eneos Sunflowers are perhaps the most dominant sports team in Japan today. They tamed the Toyota Antelopes 75-51 in Game 3 of the Women’s Japan Basketball League Finals at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. They ...

Israel's WBC success story making waves at home

Mar 12, 2017

Israel's WBC success story making waves at home

The Israel fans took up only a small number of the seats at Tokyo Dome, which holds over 45,000 people, but they still made their presence felt by making a lot of noise and waving the Star of David flag during Sunday’s game against ...