|Date of birth||September 8, 1973|
|Place of birth||Osaka, Japan|
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (265 lb)|
|School||Josho Gakuen High School|
|Rugby union career|
Takashi Akatsuka (赤塚 隆, Akatsuka Takashi) (born Osaka, 8 September 1973), is a former Japanese rugby union player. He played as lock.
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