was a rear admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy.
BiographyNozaki was born in Aki District, Kōchi in what is now part of the village of Geisei, Kōchi. He graduated from the 21st class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1894. He was commissioned as a lieutenant on September 29, 1899, and served as chief gunnery officer on the ironclad . From June to September 1900 he was deployed to China as a crewman on the cruiser , which was sent to support Japanese naval landing forces which occupied the port city of Tianjin in northern China during the Boxer Rebellion, as part of the Japanese contribution to the Eight-Nation Alliance. He subsequently briefly served as chief navigator on the corvettes and and taught navigation at the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy from December 1901 to July 1903. During the Russo-Japanese War, he served in various staff positions and was promoted to lieutenant commander on August 5, 1905. Nozaki graduated from the Naval War College in December 1907 and was promoted to commander in March 1910. He served as chief gunnery officer on the battleship from July 1910 to December 1911.
He received his first command, that of the cruiser on October 30, 1914 and was promoted to captain in December of the same year. During World War I, Nozaki was chief-of-staff of the Interim Southern Islands Defense Unit from March 1915 to November 1916, and captained the cruiser from December 1916 to December 1917. Afterwards, he was an inspector at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal to April 1919, when he returned to sea as captain of the new battleship to November 1919. He was promoted to rear admiral on December 1, 1919 and Commander of the Interim Southern Islands Defense Unit from December 1919 to April 1922.
He went on the reserve list in March 1923 and retired November 1933.