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Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
統合幕僚長
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Incumbent
Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano

since 14 October 2014
Japan Self-Defense Forces
Member of Joint Staff
Reports to Minister of Defense
Appointer Minister of Defense
Term length No fixed term
Formation 1 July 1954
First holder Keizō Hayashi
Deputy Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
Administrative Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
Website www.mod.go.jp

The Chief of Staff, Joint Staff (Japanese: 統合幕僚長 Hepburn: Tōgō Bakuryō-chō?) is the highest-ranking military officer and is the head of the Operational Authority (command) over the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). He or she assists the Minister of Defense on all matters with regards to the JSDF, and executes orders of the Minister of Defense, with directions from the Prime Minister.[1][2] The current Chief of Staff, Joint Staff is Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano.[3]

Structure[]

The Chief of Staff, Joint Staff is the head of the Joint Staff (統合幕僚監部 Tōgō Bakuryō Kanbu?), which consists of an Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, the Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, an Administrative Vice Chief of Staff, as well as numerous departments and special staffs.

The Chief of Staff, Joint Staff supervises the service branches operations of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, and would assume command in the event of a war, but his or her powers are limited to policy formation and defense coordination during peacetime.[4][5] The chain of Operational Authority runs from the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff to the Commanders of the several Operational Commands.

Each service branch is headed by their respective Chiefs of Staff, who have administrative control over their own services.

List of officeholders[]

Chairman of the Joint Staff Council[]

Chairman of the Joint Staff Council Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Keizō Hayashi 林 敬三
Hayashi, KeizōGeneral Keizō Hayashi
林 敬三

(1907–1991)
1 July 195413 August 196410 years, 43 days Japan Army
2
ja (Sugie Ichizo) 杉江一三
Ichizo, SugieAdmiral ja (Sugie Ichizo)
杉江一三

(1908–1999)
14 August 196429 April 19661 year, 258 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
3
ja (Amano Yoshihide) 天野良英
Yoshihide, AmanoGeneral ja (Amano Yoshihide)
天野良英

(1910–2001)
30 April 196614 November 19671 year, 198 days Japan Army
4
ja (Hirokuni Muta) 牟田弘國
Muta, HirokuniGeneral ja (Hirokuni Muta)
牟田弘國

(1910–1987)
15 November 196730 June 19691 year, 227 days Japan Air Force
5
ja (Ryuichi Itaya) 板谷隆一
Itaya, RyuichiAdmiral ja (Ryuichi Itaya)
板谷隆一

(1911–1991)
1 June 196929 April 19661 year, 364 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
6
ja (Fumio Kinugasa) 衣笠駿雄
Kinugasa, FumioAdmiral ja (Fumio Kinugasa)
衣笠駿雄

(1915–2007)
1 June 197131 January 19731 year, 214 days Japan Army
7
ja (Ryuhei Nakamura) 中村龍平
Nakamura, RyuheiGeneral ja (Ryuhei Nakamura)
中村龍平

(1916–2008)
1 February 197330 June 19741 year, 149 days Japan Army
8
ja (Motoharu Shirakawa) 白川元春
Shirakawa, MotoharuGeneral ja (Motoharu Shirakawa)
白川元春

(1918–2008)
1 July 197415 March 19761 year, 258 days Japan Air Force
9
ja (Hirokazu Samejima) 鮫島博一
Samejima, HirokazuAdmiral ja (Hirokazu Samejima)
鮫島博一

(1918–2000)
16 March 197619 October 19771 year, 217 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
10
ja (Hiroyasu Kurusu) 栗栖弘臣
Kurusu, HiroyasuGeneral ja (Hiroyasu Kurusu)
栗栖弘臣

(1920–2004)
20 October 197727 July 1978280 days Japan Army
11
ja (Takehiko Takae) 高品武彦
Takae, TakehikoGeneral ja (Takehiko Takae)
高品武彦

(1922–2014)
27 July 197831 July 19791 year, 4 days Japan Army
12
ja (Goro Takeda) 竹田五郎
Takeda, GoroGeneral ja (Goro Takeda)
竹田五郎

(born 1921)
1 August 197915 February 19811 year, 198 days Japan Air Force
13
ja (Kunio Yada) 矢田次夫
Yada, KunioAdmiral ja (Kunio Yada)
矢田次夫

(1923–2012)
16 February 198115 March 19832 years, 27 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
14
ja (Sumio Murai) 村井澄夫
Murai, SumioGeneral ja (Sumio Murai)
村井澄夫

(born 1925)
16 March 198330 June 19841 year, 106 days Japan Army
15
ja (Keitaro Watanabe) 村井澄夫
Watanabe, KeitaroGeneral ja (Keitaro Watanabe)
村井澄夫

(1927–1997)
1 July 19845 February 19861 year, 219 days Japan Army
16
ja (Hiroshi Mori (general)) 森繁弘
Mori, HiroshiGeneral ja (Hiroshi Mori (general))
森繁弘

(born 1928)
6 February 198610 December 19871 year, 307 days Japan Air Force
17
ja (Ishii Masao) 石井政雄
Masao, IshiiGeneral ja (Ishii Masao)
石井政雄

(1931–2007)
11 December 198715 March 19902 years, 94 days Japan Army
18
ja (Yasuzo Terashima) 寺島泰三
Terashima, YasuzoGeneral ja (Yasuzo Terashima)
寺島泰三

(born 1933)
16 March 199030 June 19911 year, 106 days Japan Army
19
ja (Hajime Sakuma) 佐久間一
Sakuma, HajimeAdmiral ja (Hajime Sakuma)
佐久間一

(1935–2014)
1 July 199130 June 19931 year, 364 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
20
ja (Tetsuya Nishimoto) 西元徹也
Nishimoto, TetsuyaGeneral ja (Tetsuya Nishimoto)
西元徹也

(born 1936)
1 July 199324 March 19962 years, 267 days Japan Army
21
ja (Sugiyama Ban) 杉山蕃
Ban, SugiyamaGeneral ja (Sugiyama Ban)
杉山蕃

(born 1938)
25 March 199612 October 19971 year, 201 days Japan Air Force
22
ja (Kazuya Natsukawa) 夏川和也
Natsukawa, KazuyaAdmiral ja (Kazuya Natsukawa)
夏川和也

(born 1940)
13 October 199730 March 19991 year, 168 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
23
Yuji Fujinawa
Fujinawa, YujiGeneral Yuji Fujinawa
(born 1941)
31 March 199926 March 20011 year, 360 days Japan Army
24
ja (Takeshi Kawachi Kenji) 竹河内捷次
Kenji, Takeshi KawachiGeneral ja (Takeshi Kawachi Kenji)
竹河内捷次

(born 1943)
27 March 200127 January 20031 year, 306 days Japan Air Force
25
ja (Toru Ishikawa) 石川亨
Ishikawa, ToruAdmiral ja (Toru Ishikawa)
石川亨

(born 1944)
28 January 200329 August 20041 year, 214 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
26
ja (Massaki en) 先崎一
en, MassakiGeneral ja (Massaki en)
先崎一

(born 1944)
30 August 200426 March 20061 year, 208 days Japan Army

Chief of Staff, Joint Staff[]

Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
26
ja (Massaki en) 先崎一
en, MassakiGeneral ja (Massaki en)
先崎一

(born 1944)
27 March 20063 August 2006129 days Japan Army
27
ja (Takashi Saito (admiral)) 齋藤隆
Saito, TakashiAdmiral ja (Takashi Saito (admiral))
齋藤隆

(born 1948)
4 August 200623 March 20092 years, 231 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
28
ja (Ryoichi Oriki) 折木良一
Oriki, RyoichiGeneral ja (Ryoichi Oriki)
折木良一

(born 1950)
24 March 200930 January 20122 years, 312 days Japan Army
29
ja (Ryoichi Oriki) 岩崎茂
Oriki, RyoichiGeneral ja (Ryoichi Oriki)
岩崎茂

(born 1953)
31 January 201213 October 20142 years, 255 days Japan Air Force
30
Katsutoshi Kawano 河野克俊
Kono, KatsutoshiAdmiral Katsutoshi Kawano
河野克俊

(born 1954)
14 October 2014Incumbent7 years, 6 days Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

See also[]

References[]

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  2. "Responsibility of COS,JS | Japan JSO Oficial Webdite". http://www.mod.go.jp/js/e_responsibility.htm. Retrieved 28 March 2018. 
  3. "Chief of Staff". http://www.mod.go.jp/js/Joint-Staff/e_chief_of_staff.htm. Retrieved 10 March 2018. 
  4. "Self Defense Forces". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. https://web.archive.org/web/20070825113418/http://rekishi.jkn21.com/. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  5. (PDF) The Ministry of Defense Reorganized: For the Support of Peace and Security. Tokyo: Japan Ministry of Defense. 2007. pp. 4–5. http://www.mod.go.jp/e/about/organization/reorganized/p4-5.pdf. 


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