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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:

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 messengers ...

Yamanaka to face Mexican Carlson in 12th defense of title

/ Jan 23, 2017

Yamanaka to face Mexican Carlson in 12th defense of title

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka will square off against Mexico’s Carlos Carlson on March 2 at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, the Teiken Gym announced on Monday.Yamanaka will try to defend his belt for the 12th consecutive time, which would put him one win away from ...

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 ability ...

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 does ...

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 TV ...

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 ...

Sunflowers pound Antelopes in All-Japan Championship semifinals

Jan 7, 2017

Sunflowers pound Antelopes in All-Japan Championship semifinals

The JX-Eneos Sunflowers, the perennial winners of the Japanese women’s basketball, dominated the game from start to finish in a 72-52 win over the Toyota Motors Antelopes in the semifinals of the annual All-Japan Championship at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Saturday.The three-time reigning champion ...