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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:

Japan roster unveiled for FIBA Asia Cup

Jul 25, 2017

Japan roster unveiled for FIBA Asia Cup

Star guards Yuki Togashi, Makoto Hiejima and Daiki Tanaka headline the Japan men's national team's 12-man roster for the upcoming FIBA Asia Cup, the Japan Basketball Association announced on Tuesday. Most of the squad that competed at June's East Asia Championship in Nagano, where the ...

Taguchi looks to fend off  Barrera in sixth title defense

/ Jul 22, 2017

Taguchi looks to fend off Barrera in sixth title defense

Perhaps because he does not have an I'm-a-tough-guy type of character, Ryoichi Taguchi is somewhat underestimated. But you can't overlook the fact that he has defended his WBA light flyweight title five times. The 30-year-old boxer will look to extend that streak when he faces Colombia's ...

New coach Lamas wants Japan to play fast-breaking style

Jul 21, 2017

New coach Lamas wants Japan to play fast-breaking style

At long last, the Japan men's national team can legitimately begin its developmental project as its skipper has finally stepped onto the boat. Julio Lamas, who was announced in April as the new coach for the Akatsuki Five, arrived in Japan to get to work ...

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

Jul 18, 2017

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Japan after a two-year absence on Sept. 23, when it will host UFC Fight Night Japan at Saitama Super Arena. UFC events were held in Japan every year between 2012 and 2015 under the organization's previous ownership. Now, ...

Staley pleased with South Carolina's play against Japan

Jul 6, 2017

Staley pleased with South Carolina's play against Japan

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team, the reigning NCAA champions, recently completed a tour of Tokyo that included three scrimmages against Japan's women's national team and a little time off the court to experience Japanese culture and get a feel for ...