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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:

/ Dec 22, 2016

Former Laker Sacre set to join Sunrockers

Ex-Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre will join the B. League’s Sunrockers Shibuya, a basketball insider told The Japan Times. According to the source, the 27-year-old big man is scheduled to arrive in Japan in early January. The annual single-elimination All-Japan Championship is being ...

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Dec 21, 2016

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki has been added to the Samurai Japan roster for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the team announced on Wednesday. The Japan national team revealed the first 18 players chosen for the roster a day earlier. The 19th man brings ...

JBA hopeful new plan helps strengthen men's national team

Dec 7, 2016

JBA hopeful new plan helps strengthen men's national team

The Japan Basketball Association recently announced plans to hold training camps more often as it becomes more serious, and desperate, about developing the men’s national team ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. On Wednesday, the sport’s national governing ...

Childress trying to get up to speed with NeoPhoenix

/ Dec 2, 2016

Childress trying to get up to speed with NeoPhoenix

The San-en NeoPhoenix’s recent acquisition of former NBA player Josh Childress came as a surprise near the middle of the inaugural B. League season. Landing in another country to play basketball is a totally different animal, and there is no exception to that even ...