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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.

For Kaz Nagatsuka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

B. League cancels remainder of season, playoffs

Basketball / B. League Mar 27, 2020

B. League cancels remainder of season, playoffs

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the B. League ran out of all options but one: canceling the remainder of the 2019-20 season. The league announced on Friday that it will not play any of the games remaining on the schedule, including the postseason. The ...

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Some of Japan’s top athletes have expressed mixed feelings following Tuesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for “about a year” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran female sport climber Akiyo ...

JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita advocates shorter postponement for athletes

Olympics Mar 23, 2020

JOC chief Yasuhiro Yamashita advocates shorter postponement for athletes

As the International Olympic Committee begins considering a potential postponement of the Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita told reporters on Monday night that the organization would accept such an adjournment if it were a decision to protect ...

Virus fears lead to chaotic weekend for B. League clubs

Basketball / B. League Mar 16, 2020

Virus fears lead to chaotic weekend for B. League clubs

There was confusion and mixed reactions from players and coaches over the weekend as the B. League resumed its season. There was also a lot of chaos. Japan's top men's professional hoops circuit returned to the court after a multiple-week hiatus amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The ...

B. League announces plan to return to court on weekend

Basketball / B. League Mar 11, 2020

B. League announces plan to return to court on weekend

While most sports leagues and organizations have refrained from holding contests and events amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the B. League made the tough decision to resume its regular season this weekend, but without spectators, the pro basketball circuit announced on Wednesday. A total of 72 ...