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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. He also works as a freelance sports writer/translator for Japanese magazines and websites. He has college degrees in commerce and journalism.

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

Sports climbing gaining hold ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Feb 5, 2018

Sports climbing gaining hold ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Olympics have the power to turn obscure sports into much bigger attractions once they've been included on the program for the global sports extravaganza. So the announcement two years ago that sports climbing — which combines bouldering, lead climbing and speed climbing — would ...

Former XFL player Shinzo Yamada optimistic about relaunch

/ Feb 2, 2018

Former XFL player Shinzo Yamada optimistic about relaunch

Former linebacker and defensive back Shinzo Yamada says that he is fond of the plan to relaunch the XFL, because it could serve as a window for international players, including his compatriots. Last week, World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon announced that the football league ...

Iwade takes progressive approach to sports medicine

Jan 29, 2018

Iwade takes progressive approach to sports medicine

Teikyo University men's rugby team head coach Masayuki Iwade has a golden rule — never compete when you are carrying a serious injury. It sounds simple but it has often been ignored in Japanese sports. Of course, injuries are part of sports and especially in physical ...

Groups promote Olympic legacy

Jan 27, 2018

Groups promote Olympic legacy

"Legacy" or "legacies" has been a key world in the recent history of the Olympic Games. In fact, it is used by officials and administrators, including the International Olympic Committee, to convince host cities and the public that the Summer or Winter Games are not ...

Hawks explore every avenue to improve club

/ Jan 22, 2018

Hawks explore every avenue to improve club

It's often said in professional sports that teams with bigger payrolls have a better chance to win games and championships. In Nippon Professional Baseball, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks sometimes have their achievements downgraded by some, because it's felt that they can capture so many title ...