Nakamura started working with trainer Yuji Shimabukuro in late-August. Shimabukuro used to work with Nobuhiko Matsunaka.
Nakamura agreed to a salary of 160 million yen (up twenty million over this season) plus performance bonuses in 2018 during contract negotiations on December 25. His representative, Haruo Kitamura, helped him negotiate a contract that could be worth up to 200 million yen if he maxes out all his performance bonuses (nine categories).
Source: Sponichi 12/25/2017
May 12, 2018 – The Softbank Hawks announced that Nakamura will donate 10,000 yen for NPO Happy Mamma for every hit he records this year.
Source: Softbank 5/12/2018