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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:

Former Bulls great Grant in house for B. League opener

/ Sep 22, 2016

Former Bulls great Grant in house for B. League opener

Four-time NBA champion Horace Grant, who now serves as an NBA goodwill ambassador, enjoyed the excitement of the B. League’s inaugural game at a jam-packed Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo on Thursday night. “The grand opening (was) very exciting, lots of lights and as ...

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

/ Sep 21, 2016

Japan marks three years until Rugby World Cup

It’s been a year since Japan shocked the world with its stunning victory over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup in England. And ever since the Brave Blossoms’ breakthrough performance, rugby has been in a far brighter spotlight. As the host nation for ...

B. League chairman heralds new era

/ Sep 19, 2016

B. League chairman heralds new era

This last decade has marked the darkest period in Japan basketball history, with the sport divided between two rival men’s leagues. What’s more, the Japan Basketball Association was suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing body, for its lack of governance, between December 2014 ...

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

/ Sep 12, 2016

Swimmer Matsuda retires, praises longtime coach

Swimmer Takeshi Matsuda competed with his ultimate goal to beat the world’s elite like Michael Phelps and win an Olympic gold medal. He wasn’t able to achieve that, but it didn’t leave a bad taste in his mouth. Looking back, he treasures every moment ...