1st Division (Japan)

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1st Division
JGSDF 1st Division.svg
Active 18 January 1962 – present
Country  Japan
Branch Flag of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.svg Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Type Infantry
Size Division (6,300 soldiers[1])
Part of Eastern Army
Garrison/HQ Camp Nerima, Nerima, Tokyo
Lt. Gen. Shoichi Shibata

The 1st Division (第1師団, Dai-Ichi Shidan) is one of nine active divisions of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The division is subordinated to the Eastern Army and is headquartered at Camp Nerima in Nerima, Tokyo. Its responsibility is the defense of Tokyo and the Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Saitama, Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures.

The division was raised on 18 January 1962.


  • 1st Division, at Camp Nerima in Nerima
    • 1st Division HQ, at Camp Nerima
    • 1st Tank Battalion, at Camp Komakado in Gotemba, with one squadron of Type 74 and one squadron of Type 10 tanks
    • 1st Infantry Regiment note 1, at Camp Nerima
    • 32nd Infantry Regiment, at Camp Ōmiya in Saitama
    • 34th Infantry Regiment, at Camp Itazuma in Gotemba
    • 1st Artillery Battalion, at Camp Kita Fuji in Oshino, with four batteries of FH-70 155mm towed howitzers
    • 1st Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, at Camp Komakado, with Type 81 and Type 93 Surface-to-air missile systems
    • 1st Engineer Battalion (Combat), at Camp Nerima
    • 1st Signal Battalion, at Camp Nerima
    • 1st Reconnaissance Company, at Camp Nerima, with Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicles
    • 1st Aviation Squadron, at Tachikawa Airfield, flying UH-1J and OH-6D helicopters
    • 1st NBC Weapon Defense Company, at Camp Nerima
    • 1st Logistic Support Regiment, at Camp Nerima
      • 1st Maintenance Battalion
      • 2nd Maintenance Battalion
      • Supply Unit
      • Medical Unit
      • Transport Unit
    • 1st Band, at Camp Nerima

note 1: Infantry Regiments have only battalion strength.


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