November 28, 1954 |
|Service/branch||Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force|
|Years of service||Since 1977
(39–40 years ago)
|Awards||Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud|
Katsutoshi Kawano (河野 克俊 Kawano Katsutoshi?, born November 28, 1954) is a Japanese admiral who has served as the 5th Chief of Staff and the highest-ranking officer of the Japan Self-Defense Forces since 15 October 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the 31st Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the de facto navy of Japan.
Kawano was born and raised in Kanagawa Prefecture. He attended the National Defense Academy of Japan, graduating in 1977 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He then joined the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, serving in a number of command and staff positions.
In 1991, then-Commander Kawano took command of the JS Oyodo, DE-231. In 1999, then-Captain Kawano took command of MSDF Escort Flotilla 3. In 2004, then-Rear Admiral Kawano took command of the MSDF Sasebo District. In 2008, Kawano took command of the Mine Warfare Force. His career was temporarily in jeopardy when a ship under his command, the JDS Atago (DDG-177), collided with a fishing boat and caused two fishermen to go missing. In 2010, then-Vice Admiral Kawano became the Vice Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Council. One year later, in 2011, he became Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet.
On 26 July 2012, Kawano was promoted to full Admiral and became Chief of Staff of the MSDF, replacing outgoing admiral Masahiko Sugimoto. As MSDF Chief of Staff, he was deeply involved in the ongoing Senkaku Islands dispute.
Awards and honors
- Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) visits India : Press Release : Indian Navy
- Press Information Bureau English Releases
- CNO Meets with Japanese Counterpart
- High-tech Japan warship collides with fishing boat | Reuters
- Japan Defense Almanac 2010 防衛年鑑（2010年版） ISBN 9784938468316
- Kawano to be appointed as MSDF Chief of Staff | House of Japan - Japan News Technology Autos Culture Life Style
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|Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff
Japan Self-Defense Forces
|Chief of Staff
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force