Eiji Kimizuka

Eiji Kimizuka
JGSDF General Eiji Kimizuka 君塚栄治陸将 (US Marine Corps photo 120316-M-XX000-001 JGSDF thanks Marines, their families, civilian organizations).jpg
Born (1952-07-16)July 16, 1952
Kanagawa Prefecture
Died December 28, 2015(2015-12-28) (aged 63)
Allegiance  Japan
Service/branch  Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
Years of service 1976–2013
Rank General
Commands held North Eastern Army
Awards Legion of Merit (2008)[1]
Other work Komatsu Limited

Eiji Kimizuka (君塚栄治, Kimizuka Eiji, July 16, 1952 – December 28, 2015) was the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, the de facto army of Japan. He was promoted to four-star General and assumed the position on August 5, 2011.[2][3][4]


Kimizuka was born and raised in Kanagawa Prefecture. He attended the National Defense Academy of Japan, graduating in 1976 into the Ground Self-Defense Force. Kimizuka was initially trained in field artillery, and served in a number of artillery command roles at the company-grade and field-grade levels. Throughout his career, he has attended a number of military schools including Japanese Ranger School, Japanese Airborne School, and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.[5]

Promoted to Colonel in 1995, Kimizuka served as the Commander of the 10th Artillery Regiment at JGSDF Camp Toyokawa. In 1999, he became Chief of Defense Planning Division, Ground Staff Office.[5]

Promoted to Major General in 2001, Kimizuka served as the Vice Chief of Staff, Western Army in Kumamoto Prefecture. In 2003, he became Commander of the 1st Combined Brigade at JGSDF Camp Naha. In 2006, he became Chief of Staff of the Central Army at JGSDF Camp Itami.[5]

Promoted to Lieutenant General in 2007, Kimizuka served as the Commander of the 8th Division. Later, in 2009, he became the Commander of the North Eastern Army, headquartered in Sendai.[6] After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Kimizuka led Joint Task Force - Tohoku, a massive 100,000 soldier relief effort coordinated with American forces in Operation Tomodachi.[7] He died on December 28, 2015 of lung cancer.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2013-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "陸上自衛隊:陸上幕僚長より". Mod.go.jp. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ a b Eldridge, Robert D. (2015-12-29). "Eiji Kimizuka, former GSDF Chief of Staff, dies at 63". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ a b c Japan Defense Almanac (防衛年鑑) ISBN 9784938468316(2010年版・543頁)
  6. ^ "General Eiji Kimizuka, Commander of the Joint Disaster Response Taskforce | Japan Security Watch". Jsw.newpacificinstitute.org. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. ^ "Head of SDF Earthquake Response New Head of GSDF | Japan Security Watch". Jsw.newpacificinstitute.org. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
Military offices
Preceded by
Yoshifumi Hibako
Chief of Staff
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force

Succeeded by
Kiyofumi Iwata