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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:

Sapporo considers bid to host 2026 Olympics

/ Nov 22, 2017

Sapporo considers bid to host 2026 Olympics

The city of Sapporo has expressed its interest in bringing the Winter Olympics back to Japan's northern island in 2026. Now, the Hokkaido capital, and the Japanese Olympic Committee, will move forward with assessing the merit of a potential bid. Sapporo will now enter a dialogue ...

MLB scouts keep tabs on young players at APBC

/ Nov 20, 2017

MLB scouts keep tabs on young players at APBC

There were no elite players like Shohei Otani or Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, but the Asia Professional Baseball Championship served as a good showcase for MLB scouts to try and identify some up-and-coming, and possibly future MLB, talent. In fact, one anonymous major league scout said it ...

Hawks finally prevail after epic Japan Series

/ Nov 5, 2017

Hawks finally prevail after epic Japan Series

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks wrapped up the 2017 Japan Series at Yafuoku Dome on Saturday by capturing their eighth overall title — fourth in the last seven years — after defeating the Yokohama BayStars in a hard-fought Game 6. The matchup between the Pacific League ...