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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:

Media-savvy One Championship attracting fighters

More Sports Dec 12, 2018

Media-savvy One Championship attracting fighters

Martial arts promotion One Championship is perhaps one of the most rapidly-growing sports properties in the world and hopes one day to become the biggest sports property on the planet past the NFL. In order to achieve the lofty goal, the Singapore-based promotion has its ...

Akatsuki Five ready for key battle against Kazakhstan

Basketball Dec 2, 2018

Akatsuki Five ready for key battle against Kazakhstan

The Akatsuki Five were once in a miserable situation, with their chances of earning a spot at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics seemingly fading away. Nine months later, Japan's men's team has put itself in a position to legitimately reach the FIBA World Cup finals, making ...

Yudai Baba aims for greatness under father's watch

Basketball Dec 2, 2018

Yudai Baba aims for greatness under father's watch

Toyama City Gymnasium belonged to local star Yudai Baba on Friday night. But there was no bragging from either himself or his father, Toshiharu. Baba was one of the difference-makers on the floor in a jubilant 85-47 victory for Japan against Qatar in FIBA World Cup ...

Japan dominates second half in rout of Qatar

Basketball Nov 30, 2018

Japan dominates second half in rout of Qatar

The Akatsuki Five received a tough challenge from Qatar early but wound up posting a 85-47 victory in a FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier at Toyama City Gymnasium on Friday night. The Japan men's national team (5-4) extended its winning streak in the preliminaries to ...

Jamie Joseph sees signs of improvement for national team

Rugby Nov 27, 2018

Jamie Joseph sees signs of improvement for national team

With the Rugby World Cup set for next year, head coach Jamie Joseph believes there is still a lot of room for the Japan national team to improve. To reach that target, he insisted that the Brave Blossoms need to keep playing Tier 1 ...