Chief of Staff, Joint Staff

Summary

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

Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
統合幕僚長
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Incumbent
General Kōji Yamazaki

since 1 April 2019
Japan Self-Defense Forces
Member ofJoint Staff
Defense Council
Reports toMinister of Defense
AppointerMinister of Defense
Subject to formal approval by the Cabinet
Term lengthNo fixed term
PrecursorChairman of the Joint Staff Council
Formation1 July 1954
First holderKeizō Hayashi
DeputyVice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
Administrative Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
Website[1]

The current Chief of Staff, Joint Staff is General Kōji Yamazaki.[3]

StructureEdit

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 a 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 its respective chief of staff, who has administrative control over its own services.

List of officeholdersEdit

Chairman of the Joint Staff CouncilEdit

No. Portrait Chairman of the Joint Staff Council Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
 
Hayashi, KeizōGeneral
Keizō Hayashi
林 敬三

(1907–1991)
1 July 195413 August 196410 years, 43 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
2
 
Ichizo, SugieAdmiral
Sugie Ichizo [ja]
杉江一三

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

(1910–2001)
30 April 196614 November 19671 year, 198 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
4
 
Muta, HirokuniGeneral
Hirokuni Muta [ja]
牟田弘國

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

(1911–1991)
1 June 196931 May 19711 year, 364 days  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
6
 
Kinugasa, FumioAdmiral
Fumio Kinugasa [ja]
衣笠駿雄

(1915–2007)
1 June 197131 January 19731 year, 214 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
7
 
Nakamura, RyuheiGeneral
Ryuhei Nakamura [ja]
中村龍平

(1916–2008)
1 February 197330 June 19741 year, 149 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
8
 
Shirakawa, MotoharuGeneral
Motoharu Shirakawa [ja]
白川元春

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

(1918–2000)
16 March 197619 October 19771 year, 217 days  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
10
 
Kurisu, HiroomiGeneral
Hiroomi Kurisu [ja]
栗栖弘臣

(1920–2004)
20 October 197727 July 1978280 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
11
 
Takae, TakehikoGeneral
Takehiko Takae [ja]
高品武彦

(1922–2014)
27 July 197831 July 19791 year, 4 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
12
 
Takeda, GoroGeneral
Goro Takeda [ja]
竹田五郎

(1921–2020)
1 August 197915 February 19811 year, 198 days  Japan Air Self-Defense Force
13
 
Yada, KunioAdmiral
Kunio Yada [ja]
矢田次夫

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

(born 1925)
16 March 198330 June 19841 year, 106 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
15
 
Watanabe, KeitaroGeneral
Keitaro Watanabe [ja]
村井澄夫

(1927–1997)
1 July 19845 February 19861 year, 219 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
16
 
Mori, HiroshiGeneral
Hiroshi Mori (general) [ja]
森繁弘

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

(1931–2007)
11 December 198715 March 19902 years, 94 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
18
 
Terashima, YasuzoGeneral
Yasuzo Terashima [ja]
寺島泰三

(born 1933)
16 March 199030 June 19911 year, 106 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
19
 
Sakuma, HajimeAdmiral
Hajime Sakuma [ja]
佐久間一

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

(born 1936)
1 July 199324 March 19962 years, 267 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
21
 
Ban, SugiyamaGeneral
Sugiyama Ban [ja]
杉山蕃

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

(born 1940)
13 October 199730 March 19991 year, 168 days  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
23
 
Fujinawa, YujiGeneral
Yuji Fujinawa
(born 1941)
31 March 199926 March 20011 year, 360 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
24
 
Takegochi, ShojiGeneral
Shoji Takegochi [ja]
竹河内捷次

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

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

(born 1944)
30 August 200426 March 20061 year, 208 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

Chief of Staff, Joint StaffEdit

No. Portrait Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
26
 
Massaki, HajimeGeneral
Hajime Massaki [ja]
先崎一

(born 1944)
27 March 20063 August 2006129 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
27
 
Saito, TakashiAdmiral
Takashi Saito (admiral) [ja]
齋藤隆

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

(born 1950)
24 March 200930 January 20122 years, 312 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
29
 
Iwasaki, ShigeruGeneral
Shigeru Iwasaki
岩崎茂

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

(born 1954)
14 October 201431 March 20194 years, 168 days  Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
31
 
Yamazaki, KōjiGeneral
Kōji Yamazaki
山崎幸二

(born 1961)
1 April 2019Incumbent3 years, 37 days  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Self Defense Forces". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  5. ^ The Ministry of Defense Reorganized: For the Support of Peace and Security (PDF). Tokyo: Japan Ministry of Defense. 2007. pp. 4–5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-04-12. Retrieved 2018-03-28.