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Okabe to serve as GSDF chief of staff

  • June 18, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
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The government decided on June 17 at a cabinet meeting to appoint Lt. Gen. Toshiya Okabe, 57, commander of the Northern Army of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), to replace Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata, GSDF chief of staff, 59, who will step down. Okabe’s appointment will be announced on July 1.


Toshiya Okabe joined the GSDF in 1981 after graduating from the National Defense Academy of Japan. He has been serving in his current post since March 2015.

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