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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:

'No regrets' as Mao bids farewell

Apr 12, 2017

'No regrets' as Mao bids farewell

Mao Asada graciously answered every question she was asked during a news conference on Wednesday, her first public appearance since announcing her retirement from figure skating two days earlier in a post on her blog. Speaking in a large ballroom at a Tokyo hotel, in ...

Japanese collegiate sports study ends Phase 1

Apr 2, 2017

Japanese collegiate sports study ends Phase 1

Japan is currently working to reform college sports and establish its own version of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), creating athletic departments at universities to help it function more efficiently. When that's accomplished, the hope is that it will benefit universities as a whole, ...

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

Mar 17, 2017

Seasoned, confident Dutch team focused on winning

These Dutch are hot and dangerous right now. The Netherlands advanced to the World Baseball Classic final round for the second straight edition, and is perhaps better this time because of experienced amassed along the way. Slugger Wladimir Balentien, though, said he doesn't feel a sense ...