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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:

JBA names men's squad for February exhibition series against Iran

Jan 31, 2017

JBA names men's squad for February exhibition series against Iran

Star guard Yuki Togashi of the Chiba Jets and twin brothers Kosuke and Joji Takeuchi of the Tochigi Brex and Alvark Tokyo, respectively, headline the 15-man national team roster for an upcoming international exhibition series against Iran, the Japan Basketball Association announced on Tuesday. Led ...

Inoue ready to ascend on global boxing scene

/ Jan 26, 2017

Inoue ready to ascend on global boxing scene

Naoya Inoue, arguably Japan's most promising boxing star, has his sights set on a lofty goal for 2017: to become a bigger global star. The unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion said that he wouldn't hesitate to fight against the weight division's best boxers in the ...

Kisenosato becomes first Japanese-born yokozuna in almost two decades

Jan 25, 2017

Kisenosato becomes first Japanese-born yokozuna in almost two decades

Unlike during tournaments, an occasional smile crept across Kisenosato's face. But the 30-year-old mostly maintained his signature stern expression, perhaps anticipating the responsibility about to be bestowed upon him as he ascends to highest rank in the world of sumo. Kisenosato was told by messengers from ...

Tomooka says young athletes should play different sports

Jan 22, 2017

Tomooka says young athletes should play different sports

The term "strength and conditioning" in sports is relatively unknown in Japan, and specialty coaches are often confused with athletic trainers, who are skilled in prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Strength and conditioning is a method of improving your physical athletic ability ...

Researchers urge Japan to reform college sports system

Jan 18, 2017

Researchers urge Japan to reform college sports system

In the past year or so, the Japan Sports Agency, an external bureau of the education ministry, has discussed the potential establishment of "a Japanese edition of the NCAA" as part of its scheme to make college sports in this country more business-like. That does ...

Former Laker Sacre ready to begin journey in Japan

/ Jan 12, 2017

Former Laker Sacre ready to begin journey in Japan

Former Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre was officially introduced by the B. League's Sunrockers Shibuya on Thursday. Speaking at a news conference held on an upper floor of the gigantic Shibuya Hikarie shopping complex, the 27-year-old displayed his energetic character to reporters and TV ...