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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:

Japan takes gold in field hockey

| Sep 1, 2018

Japan takes gold in field hockey

Sakura Japan set a lofty goal of winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Friday's victory will certainly help give the team momentum and confidence to do so. The women's field hockey team captured its first-ever Asian Games title with a 2-1 win over ...

Passionate Indonesian fans embrace home Asian Games

Aug 29, 2018

Passionate Indonesian fans embrace home Asian Games

"Nippon! Nippon!" Most of the people chanting were Indonesian. But their support for the Japanese men's basketball team echoed loudly around the arena and created a lively atmosphere. To be fair, there were many rooting for the Qatar team as well. After all, the fans did ...

Japan duo relish mixed archery gold

Aug 28, 2018

Japan duo relish mixed archery gold

Even the hands of an experienced veteran like Takaharu Furukawa sometimes tremble with tension while shooting an arrow at a target 70 meters away. Yet he explained that mental fortitude plays a huge role in archery. "Archery is about mental strength," Furukawa said after he and ...

Yamagata settles for bronze in 100

/ Aug 27, 2018

Yamagata settles for bronze in 100

Su Bingtian cemented his status as Asia's fastest sprinter with a convincing victory in the men's 100-meter final at the Asian Games on Sunday night. Third-place finisher Ryota Yamagata was certainly not happy to come up short in his pursuit of the gold medal, which ...

Softball team eyeing 2020 title

Aug 26, 2018

Softball team eyeing 2020 title

Winning the gold medal for the fifth consecutive time like the Japan softball team did is an unprecedented and remarkable feat for any athlete or team. But the team feels it is still a long way from achieving its ultimate goal of winning the Olympic ...