Japanese Military Power – Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Firepower Demonstration

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Japanese Military Power - Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Firepower Demonstration

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Firepower Demonstration.
Video Credit: JGSDF Channel – www.youtube.com/user/JGSDFchannel

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, or JGSDF (sometimes referred to as simply the GSDF), is the main branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, responsible for land-based military operations, and is the de facto army of Japan. Created on July 1, 1954, it is the largest of the three services of the Japan Self-Defense Forces.

New military guidelines, announced in December 2010, direct the Self-Defense Forces away from their Cold War focus on the Soviet Union to a new focus on China, especially in respect of the dispute over the Senkaku Islands. The JGSDF is chiefly tasked with maintaining internal security in Japan.

The Force operates under the command of the chief of the ground staff, based in the city of Ichigaya, Shinjuku, Tokyo. The present chief of staff is General Kiyofumi Iwata . The JGSDF numbered around 150,000 soldiers in 2008. As of 2010, the number remained the same at approximately 150,000 personnel.

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