Meta

Twitter

@kaznagatsuka

RSS

Kaz's RSS feed

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:

Hinako Shibuno stunned by her achievement

More Sports / Golf Aug 6, 2019

Hinako Shibuno stunned by her achievement

Hinako Shibuno made a heroic return home Tuesday evening after becoming a household name by winning the Women's British Open on Sunday. What was awaiting the country's newest golf star upon her arrival at Haneda airport was a large flock of fans, reporters and TV ...

Japanese stars turn attention to Tokyo Games

More Sports / Swimming Aug 5, 2019

Japanese stars turn attention to Tokyo Games

Japan's summer heat may be starting to ramp up, but most of the country's elite swimmers are entering a cool-down period. The majority of Japan's swimmers wrapped up their 2019 season on Sunday with the conclusion of the FINA World Cup Tokyo meet. But there will ...

'Big Three' give Japan high hopes

Basketball Aug 3, 2019

'Big Three' give Japan high hopes

With star phenoms Rui Hachimura and Yuta Watanabe on board, the Japan men's national team has gotten its teeth into its training ahead of the FIBA World Cup, which will begin later this month. The Akatsuki Five assembled a dozen players to start their first ...

Big guns set to lead Japan at FIBA World Cup

Basketball Jul 30, 2019

Big guns set to lead Japan at FIBA World Cup

Japan's "Big Three" — Rui Hachimura, Yuta Watanabe and Nick Fazekas — headline the provisional roster of the Japan men's national team for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Japan Basketball Association officially announced on Tuesday. The 16-man squad was introduced at Fuji Television ...

Yuta Watanabe encourages youth to pursue basketball dreams

Basketball / NBA Jul 26, 2019

Yuta Watanabe encourages youth to pursue basketball dreams

Memphis Grizzlies two-way signing Yuta Watanabe is one of the star players that Japanese children gaze at dreamily. While growing up in Kagawa Prefecture, Watanabe admired Yuta Tabuse, who became the first Japanese player in the NBA during the 2004-05 season. Speaking in front of about ...

Togashi's status for World Cup in doubt due to broken hand

Basketball Jul 24, 2019

Togashi's status for World Cup in doubt due to broken hand

Just days after kicking off its preparation for the FIBA World Cup, the Japanese men's national team was jolted by some startlingly bad news out of the blue. Japan learned Tuesday that Yuki Togashi, the team's starting point guard, was diagnosed with a broken ...