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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:

Japan women begin road to 3x3 World Cup with training camp

Basketball Feb 14, 2019

Japan women begin road to 3x3 World Cup with training camp

Japan's women aren't just eyeing a podium finish in traditional 5-on-5 basketball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they're also aiming for a medal in the newly introduced 3x3 competition. While focusing on the latter objective, Japan is currently preparing for the 3x3 World Cup in ...

Japan squad set for big challenges

Basketball Feb 12, 2019

Japan squad set for big challenges

The players and staff seemed relaxed. That is a good indication of their state of mind as they get into the final window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. The provisional Japanese men's national team began its final training camp on Tuesday before its ...

Amateur coaches feted at annual gala

More Sports Feb 6, 2019

Amateur coaches feted at annual gala

The Japan Coaches Association rewarded amateur coaches who accomplished remarkable feats in 2018 during the sixth annual Japan Coaches' Awards ceremony on Sunday in Tokyo. But the event wasn't just about handing the recipients their trophies. It was also an opportunity for coaches who are ...

Organizing committee outlines ticket sales

Olympics Jan 30, 2019

Organizing committee outlines ticket sales

The organizing committee for next summer's Tokyo Olympics revealed the process for domestic ticket sales and detailed ticket prices for each sport on Wednesday. The lottery process is set to begin via an official ticketing website during the spring, per the committee. Winners of ...

Rikako Ikee honored as Japan's swimmer of the year

More Sports / Swimming Jan 28, 2019

Rikako Ikee honored as Japan's swimmer of the year

The Japan Swimming Federation hosted the annual Aquatics Awards on Monday evening in Tokyo, celebrating achievements by its elite athletes in 2018. Asian Games MVP Rikako Ikee, who had already been named the swimmer of the year after the conclusion of the 2018 season, did ...