About Ministry

Biographical Sketch

Minister of Defense


KONO Taro

State Minister of Defense


YAMAMOTO Tomohiro

Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Defense


WATANABE Koichi

IWATA Kazuchika

Organization

History

On January 9, 2007, 53 years after the establishment of the Defense Agency in 1954, the Ministry of Defense was born.

1950.7.8 General Macarthur authorizes the establishment of the National Police Reserve.
1951.9.8 49 countries sign Peace Treaty with Japan.
1952.8.1 National Safety Agency established.
1952.8.1 National Safety College (predecessor of the National Institute for Defense Studies) established.
1952.8.1 Technical Research and Development Institute established.
1952.10.15 National Safety Force inaugurated.
1953.4.1 National Safety Academy (predecessor of National Defense Academy) established.
1954.7.1 Defense Agency established; Ground, Maritime, and Air self-Defense Forces inaugurated.
1954.7.1 Central Procurement Office (predecessor of Central Contract Office) established
1962.11.1 Defense Facilities Administration Agency established.
1974.4.25 National Defense Medical College established.
1997.1.20 Defense Intelligence Headquarters established.
2000.5.8 Defense Agency moves to the Ichigaya buildings.
2007.1.9 Transition to the Ministry of Defense.
2015.10.1 Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency established.