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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:

Rising star Nishioka stepping out of Nishikori's shadow

/ Oct 12, 2016

Rising star Nishioka stepping out of Nishikori's shadow

There’s absolutely no doubt that the current rise in popularity of Japanese tennis stemmed from Kei Nishikori, whose name is now synonymous with the sport in this country. Youngster Yoshihito Nishioka, Nishikori’s compatriot, fully agrees and is pleased that tennis is gaining attention in ...

Tokashiki getting used to dual demands

Oct 12, 2016

Tokashiki getting used to dual demands

As a two-time WJBL MVP and a Seattle Storm player, Ramu Tokashiki is undoubtedly the biggest star in Japanese women’s basketball right now. But even for a superwoman like her, it’s not easy to adjust while playing in two different leagues. After the Storm ...

Sunflowers look to extend dominance as WJBL prepares for tip-off

Oct 3, 2016

Sunflowers look to extend dominance as WJBL prepares for tip-off

With the Japan national team winning at last year’s FIBA Asia Championship and then giving some phenomenal performances at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the popularity of women’s basketball in Japan is currently at an all-time high. The Women’s Japan Basketball League wants to ...