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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:

England pummels Australia in RWC quarterfinal

Rugby Oct 19, 2019

England pummels Australia in RWC quarterfinal

England stormed into the Rugby World Cup final four with a convincing 40-16 win over Australia in the quarterfinals before a crowd of 36,954 at Oita Stadium on Saturday. The Europeans, who experienced the humiliation of being eliminated in the pool phase at the tourney's ...

Machino pursues historic path to reach NFL

More Sports / Football Oct 16, 2019

Machino pursues historic path to reach NFL

Tomoya Machino is not the first Japanese player to set the lofty goal of becoming an NFL player. There have been others in the past who had been labeled as "the player closest to the NFL," and tried to reach the game's premier circuit. What ...

Super fan Bhatia comes to Japan to see Raptors

Basketball / NBA Oct 10, 2019

Super fan Bhatia comes to Japan to see Raptors

Nav Bhatia, who is known as the "Super Fan" for the Toronto Raptors, was seen in the end zone at the two-game NBA Japan Games series between the Canadian team and Houston Rockets on Tuesday and Thursday in Tokyo. In fact, he was an attraction ...

Toronto gears up for Japan Games

Basketball / NBA Oct 7, 2019

Toronto gears up for Japan Games

The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors showed their energy on the floor on Monday as they hit the gym for their first practice since arriving in Japan for a two-game preseason series against the Houston Rockets. The two teams will square off on Tuesday ...

Rockets train in Tokyo ahead of Saitama series

Basketball / NBA Oct 6, 2019

Rockets train in Tokyo ahead of Saitama series

Superstar duo James Harden and Russell Westbrook and other Houston Rockets players have arrived in Japan and held their first practice in Tokyo on Sunday ahead of their two-game preseason series against the Toronto Raptors. The two teams will compete on Tuesday and Thursday night ...