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Shigeru Iwasaki Biography

Shigeru Iwasaki Biography

Shigeru Iwasaki - Former Chief of Staff, Joint Staff

Richard Thornley

Retired General, Japan Air Self-Defense Force 

Graduated from National Defense Academy of Japan with aeronautical engineering major. In Japan Air Self-Defense Force, Shigeru Iwasaki had served as a fighter pilot, and he has experience of approximately 100 missions of countermeasures against violation of national airspace (scramble) against Russian and Chinese fighter aircraft.

He took command of the 2nd Air Wing, then served as commander of Air Defense Command, the 31st Chief of Staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and then Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff.

Last year, as a member of “The Council on Security and Defense Capabilities” hosted by the government, Mr. Iwasaki was involved in the modification of the “New National Defense Program Outlines” and has been giving lectures nationwide.



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