Kaz Nagatsuka, The Japan Times

Kaz Nagatsuka

The Japan Times


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Past articles by Kaz:

Japan’s women’s basketball team drains 19 3-pointers in 102-83 win over Nigeria

The Akatsuki Five will now advance to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive Summer Olympics. → Read More

Japanese basketball team ends Olympics knowing it has plenty of work to do

Japan made an early exit from the Games having gone winless, ending their tournament with a 97-77 loss to Argentina in their final Group B contest at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday. → Read More

Japan confident heading into Olympic soccer semifinal against Spain

After squeaking past New Zealand, the team appeared unfazed by the down-to-the-wire drama, because, at the end of the day, winning was the ultimate goal in the knockout stage. → Read More

An injury almost ended Mikiko Ando's Olympics before they began. Now she's a bronze-medalist.

Ando had severely hurt her knee when she dropped a 120-kg barbell just three weeks before the Tokyo Olympics. → Read More

Yuto Horigome still in disbelief a day after winning Olympic skateboarding gold

The Japanese skater says he was honored to notch his name in the history book, having won the street competition in the newly added Olympic sport. → Read More

Tokyo Games showcase the changing face of sports in Japan

From Naomi Osaka to Rui Hachimura, a generation of biracial athletes in the Olympics are helping shift perceptions of what it means to be "Japanese." → Read More

At a nearly empty soccer stadium, a subdued Olympic atmosphere

As New Zealand took on South Korea, it was impossible to feel a sense of excitement with the stands mostly empty. → Read More

Little-known Japanese athletes the world should watch at the Tokyo Games

A number of the country's lesser known stars look set to make a splash on the world stage at the Olympics. → Read More

Japan's Olympic delegation to receive vaccinations from June 1

The Japanese Olympic Committee says it will avoid using public health officials in order to reduce the strain on the country's medical system amid efforts to vaccinate senior citizens. → Read More

In rare move, athletes and coaches speak out against Olympic planners

With support for the Tokyo Games still low, hopeful participants are taking to social media to push back against public perceptions that they are united with the event's organizers. → Read More

The next boss of the Tokyo Games — a savvy operator or a fresh face?

The organizing committee says it is looking for a successor that has a certain background in the Olympics as well as a strong awareness of gender equality and inclusiveness. → Read More

Japanese sports brace for impact of new state of emergency

Upcoming sumo and rugby events will allow spectators, while pro basketball's B. League has raised concerns over restrictions covering the sale of food and drinks. → Read More

Athletes aim to convert 2020 struggles into Paralympic success

Japan's para athletes are optimistic about the extra year of preparation they have received through the postponement of the Tokyo Games. → Read More

Under cover: In search of the best athletic face mask

The Japan Times tested some of the more prominent consumer face coverings that sports equipment manufacturers have released this year. → Read More

Could COVID-19 have long-term effect on athletes' health?

Most elite athletes have avoided serious symptoms after testing positive, but evidence of long-term heart and lung issues has some officials concerned. → Read More

NPB, J. League will ask Japan's government to relax attendance limits

The existing cap of 5,000 attendees doesn’t account for the varying capacities and seating arrangements of the stadiums in each circuit. → Read More

Japanese stars say farewell to Olympic dreams after postponement

Some athletes have chosen not to wait another year to participate in the delayed Tokyo Games. → Read More

Sprinter Ryota Yamagata using Tokyo 2020 delay to refine technique

The competition between Japanese sprinters has become intense in the past few years as more quality athletes have been added to the mix. → Read More

NPB, J. League moving ahead with plans to allow fans

Nippon Professional Baseball and the J. League will allow up to 5,000 fans to attend games starting Friday. → Read More

NPB can play ball in Japan from June 19, but minus fans

The Japanese baseball season, which was scheduled to open in late March, will be reduced from 143 games to about 120. → Read More