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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:

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 ...

Tomooka says young athletes should play different sports

Jan 22, 2017

Tomooka says young athletes should play different sports

The term “strength and conditioning” in sports is relatively unknown in Japan, and specialty coaches are often confused with athletic trainers, who are skilled in prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Strength and conditioning is a method of improving your physical athletic ...

Researchers urge Japan to reform college sports system

Jan 18, 2017

Researchers urge Japan to reform college sports system

In the past year or so, the Japan Sports Agency, an external bureau of the education ministry, has discussed the potential establishment of “a Japanese edition of the NCAA” as part of its scheme to make college sports in this country more business-like. That ...

Former Laker Sacre ready to begin journey in Japan

/ Jan 12, 2017

Former Laker Sacre ready to begin journey in Japan

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre was officially introduced by the B. League’s Sunrockers Shibuya on Thursday. Speaking at a news conference held on an upper floor of the gigantic Shibuya Hikarie shopping complex, the 27-year-old displayed his energetic character to reporters and ...

Jets blast Brave Thunders to capture All-Japan crown

Jan 9, 2017

Jets blast Brave Thunders to capture All-Japan crown

The Chiba Jets poured all their energy onto the court and were rewarded with the team’s first-ever major title, since being formed in 2011, after a lopsided 88-66 win over the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in the All-Japan Championship men’s final at Yoyogi National Gymnasium ...