Message from Chief of Staff

Greetings from New Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)

Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura, the 34th Chief of Staff, JMSDF
Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura,
the 34th Chief of Staff, JMSDF

I cordially would like to introduce myself that I am Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura, the 34th Chief of Staff, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), taking over its grave responsibility from my predecessor Admiral Murakawa.

Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura, the 34th Chief of Staff, JMSDF
Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura,
the 34th Chief of Staff, JMSDF

I have a strong resolve to live up to Japanese people’s expectations, and to make every effort to develop “Multi-domain Defense Force” in line with Japan’s National Defense Program Guideline formulated around the end of 2018, with the spirit and tradition derived from Imperial Japanese Navy, which has been handed over by the successive Chiefs of Staff throughout the history of the JMSDF, and on the basis of three pillars of personnel, strategy and equipment and skills, which every member of the JMSDF has concertedly worked on. I will ensure all of them will play a vital part in serving to making the JMSDF adaptable to the security environment continually evolving at an unprecedented rate.

The JMSDF remains committed to bettering itself and strengthening the bond with the Unites States Navy and other key partners, with three goals in mind, namely, “defense of Japan’s territory and its surrounding maritime areas”, “securing sea line of communications” and “creating a favorable security environment”. We will never hesitate to think outside the box to acquire relevant necessary functions at a speed even faster than ever before, and sail our way forward with proud and determination.

We, the JMSDF, went through the Cold War era, and in the post-Cold War era, have been engaged in counter-terrorism and counter-piracy efforts, and have never failed to conduct peacetime ISR operations, and have taken precautionary measures against possible natural disasters. This is testament to unfailing efforts by the JMSDF struggling to meet the requirement of the times amid ever-changing security environment in the region. I am in no doubt that we will be able to adapt ourselves to the dramatic changes of circumstances we are situated in. Therefore, assuming responsibility as Chief of Staff, JMSDF, I am full of determination to uphold “Adaptation to Change” as well as “Strength, Readiness” as basic policies during my tenure, and to safeguard our invaluable sea, peace and independence of Japan hand in hand with the all members of the JMSDF.

I would like to conclude my greetings, wishing for your continued understanding and support for the JMSDF.

April 1st Admiral Hiroshi Yamamura, the 34th Chief of Staff, JMSDF