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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:

Fans select Takehiko Orimo for All-Star Game

Basketball / B. League Dec 2, 2019

Fans select Takehiko Orimo for All-Star Game

Stars from the Japan national team and domestic legend Takehiko Orimo will headline the roster for the upcoming B. League All-Star Game in Sapporo, organizers revealed on Monday. Each side consists of five starters chosen through fan voting and six others selected by the league. ...

Sunwolves building roster for 2020 season

Rugby Nov 26, 2019

Sunwolves building roster for 2020 season

As they enter their likely final season in Super Rugby, the Sunwolves revealed 15 players who will compete for the Japan-based team in Tokyo on Tuesday. All but one on the initial squad is a foreign-born player, including Georgian hooker Jaba Bregvadze, who played for ...

Japan's 3x3 squad for Tokyo 2020 takes shape

Basketball Nov 22, 2019

Japan's 3x3 squad for Tokyo 2020 takes shape

When 3x3 basketball's inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was announced, longtime proponent Tomoya Ochiai was beside himself. At the same time, he wondered if the sport's Olympic inclusion was legitimate. "When I first started playing, we would be playing on the concrete, sometimes in the ...

Wizards look to capitalize on Rui Hachimura's wave of popularity

Basketball / NBA Nov 20, 2019

Wizards look to capitalize on Rui Hachimura's wave of popularity

Washington Wizards part owner Raul Fernandez described the team's top rookie Rui Hachimura as "an incredible human being, incredible athlete and great ambassador" for the club and the NBA on Tuesday. Fernandez is among a group of Wizards executives, including club President and Chief Commercial ...

Japan digs deep to win Premier12

Baseball Nov 18, 2019

Japan digs deep to win Premier12

Samurai Japan finished its Premier12 campaign in successful fashion on Sunday night with a 5-3 victory over South Korea in the gold medal game at Tokyo Dome. While it was an accomplishment by itself, the feat was an appetizer en route to the ultimate goal ...