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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:

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

/ Nov 29, 2016

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Shohei Otani’s historic season of rewriting the record books and challenging conventional baseball wisdom reached its logical conclusion on Monday night. In a result that came as a surprise to no one, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ two-way star was crowned Pacific League MVP, ...

Uchiyama seeks revenge, title in bout with Corrales

/ Nov 23, 2016

Uchiyama seeks revenge, title in bout with Corrales

Top Japanese boxer Takashi Uchiyama is preparing to take the ring on New Year’s Eve for the sixth consecutive year next month. But this time, unlike the previous occasions, he’s stepping onto the canvas without anything shiny draped over his shoulder. The former WBA ...

Inaugural B. League All-Star Game to be held Jan. 15

/ Nov 15, 2016

Inaugural B. League All-Star Game to be held Jan. 15

The B. League All-Star Game will be played on Jan. 15 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, the first-year professional men’s circuit announced on Tuesday. The contest tips off at 6:05 p.m. and will be broadcast on NHK BS1, SkyPerfecTV and Sportsnavi Live. Chairman Masaaki Okawa ...

Exhibitions shine light on Samurai Japan's deficiencies

Nov 14, 2016

Exhibitions shine light on Samurai Japan's deficiencies

Samurai Japan wrapped up its series of exhibition games on Sunday at Tokyo Dome, finishing with a 3-1 record against Mexico (1-1) and the Netherlands. But Japan’s top team couldn’t care less about the result from each game. The team understands there are still ...