(Yomiuri: June 7, 2015 – p. 4)
The Ministry of Defense will create a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) general headquarters at Camp Asaka (straddling Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture) by the end of FY2017 for integrated command and control of all GSDF units. This headquarters will have a staff of several hundred. This will mean that following the examples of the Maritime and Air SDF, the GSDF will also have an integrated command structure at the national level. It is hoped that this will enable the GSDF to respond more rapidly to a contingency on a remote island or massive disasters.
The GSDF has five army headquarters nationwide, such as the Northern Army Headquarters covering Hokkaido and the Western Army Headquarters responsible for Kyushu and Okinawa. The command structure is basically by regional blocs.
However, this system may prevent speedy operations involving several blocs, such as in the case of disaster relief for the Great East Japan Earthquake.
With the reorganization, the Central Readiness Force, which currently commands the specialized units, including the Special Forces Group responsible for counterterrorism, will be abolished and the specialized units will come under the control of the GSDF general headquarters.