Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
|Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
Standard of the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
|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
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.
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. 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 July 1954||13 August 1964||10 years, 43 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|14 August 1964||29 April 1966||1 year, 258 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|30 April 1966||14 November 1967||1 year, 198 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|15 November 1967||30 June 1969||1 year, 227 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|1 June 1969||29 April 1966||1 year, 364 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|1 June 1971||31 January 1973||1 year, 214 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|1 February 1973||30 June 1974||1 year, 149 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|1 July 1974||15 March 1976||1 year, 258 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|16 March 1976||19 October 1977||1 year, 217 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|20 October 1977||27 July 1978||280 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|27 July 1978||31 July 1979||1 year, 4 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|1 August 1979||15 February 1981||1 year, 198 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|16 February 1981||15 March 1983||2 years, 27 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|16 March 1983||30 June 1984||1 year, 106 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|1 July 1984||5 February 1986||1 year, 219 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
Hiroshi Mori (general)
|6 February 1986||10 December 1987||1 year, 307 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|11 December 1987||15 March 1990||2 years, 94 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|16 March 1990||30 June 1991||1 year, 106 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|1 July 1991||30 June 1993||1 year, 364 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|1 July 1993||24 March 1996||2 years, 267 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|25 March 1996||12 October 1997||1 year, 201 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|13 October 1997||30 March 1999||1 year, 168 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|31 March 1999||26 March 2001||1 year, 360 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|27 March 2001||27 January 2003||1 year, 306 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|28 January 2003||29 August 2004||1 year, 214 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|30 August 2004||26 March 2006||1 year, 208 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
|№||Chief of Staff, Joint Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Defence branch|
|27 March 2006||3 August 2006||129 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
Takashi Saito (admiral)
|4 August 2006||23 March 2009||2 years, 231 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|24 March 2009||30 January 2012||2 years, 312 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
|31 January 2012||13 October 2014||2 years, 255 days||Japan Air Self-Defense Force|
|14 October 2014||31 March 2019||4 years, 168 days||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|1 April 2019||Incumbent||143 days||Japan Ground Self-Defense Force|
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