(Asahi: May 16, 2015 – p. 4)
The Defense Ministry announced on May 15 that in order to integrate the chains of command in the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), it plans to build a “GSDF command center,” staffed with several hundred personnel, in fiscal 2017. The command center will be established at the GSDF’s Camp Asaka (Nerima Ward in Tokyo). The ministry says that it will swiftly respond to attacks on remote islands and other events by bringing the GSDF’s army commanding generals in five regions across the nation together.
The GSDF currently has five chains of command under the commanding generals of its army headquarters, such as the Northern Army Headquarters and the Western Armey Headquarters. The ministry says that it will be able to quickly respond to large-scale disasters in addition to attacks on Japan’s outlying islands by integrating the chains of command. (Slightly abridged)