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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:

Sunrockers capture crown

Basketball Jan 12, 2020

Sunrockers capture crown

The Sunrockers Shibuya are back on top of Japanese basketball for the first time in five years. The Tokyo side claimed the Emperor's Cup title on Sunday with a nail-biting 78-73 win over the Kawasaki Brave Thunders in the All-Japan Championship final at Saitama Super ...

Sunrockers, Brave Thunders advance to Emperor's Cup final

Basketball Jan 11, 2020

Sunrockers, Brave Thunders advance to Emperor's Cup final

The dynamic duo of Sebastian Saiz and Ryan Kelly guided the Sunrockers Shibuya to their first Emperor's Cup gold-medal game with a 96-69 win over the Shiga Lakestars in the All-Japan Basketball Championship semifinals at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday. Saiz, a 205-cm Spaniard, collected ...

Brave Thunders edge Alvark in Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

Basketball Jan 9, 2020

Brave Thunders edge Alvark in Emperor's Cup quarterfinals

The Kawasaki Brave Thunders bounced back from early scoring struggles and edged the Alvark Tokyo 69-66 on Thursday to advance to the All-Japan Basketball Championship semifinals. With Kawasaki up 67-64, guard Yuma Fujii nailed a layup to seal the deal for the Brave Thunders, who ...

Aoyama Gakuin moves out to big lead

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 2, 2020

Aoyama Gakuin moves out to big lead

Aoyama Gakuin University got off to a good start toward recapturing the Hakone ekiden title as it finished first on the opening day of the New Year's traditional event on Thursday. Aoyama Gakuin notched a first-day record of 5 hours, 21 minutes, 16 seconds, with ...