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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, Kono to meet for super flyweight title

/ Nov 9, 2016

Inoue, Kono to meet for super flyweight title

WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue will try to defend his belt for a fourth time when he faces compatriot and former world champion Kohei Kono, on Dec. 30 at Ariake Colosseum, the Ohashi gym announced on Wednesday. The gym also revealed IBF light ...

JAAF makes changes with 2020 Games looming

/ Nov 2, 2016

JAAF makes changes with 2020 Games looming

With the stunning silver-medal performance by the men’s 4×100-meter relay squad, Japan’s track and field team seemed to have left the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on a high note this summer. But that wasn’t necessarily the case. Overall, the country ended up with just ...

Kawasaki's Spangler adapting to B. League

/ Nov 1, 2016

Kawasaki's Spangler adapting to B. League

Until this past spring, forward Ryan Spangler played in a crimson-colored jersey for the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Half a year later, he’s still wearing the same color jersey — but now he’s playing for the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in the B. League. Spangler ...