Center for Asia Pacific Strategy

Katsutoshi Kawano

Board of Advisors
Admiral (Ret.) , Japan Navy

Admiral Kawano was the 5th Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Forces from 2014 to 2019. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Chief of Staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. He previously served as the Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet, Fleet Escort Force, Mine Warfare Force, Escort Flotilla 3, and Escort Division 3. Ashore, Admiral Kawano previously was the Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, and the Director General of Operations and Plans Department Maritime Staff Office (MSO). His earlier career as a surface warfare officer includes assignments aboard JS Haruna and JS Shirane, and as the Commanding Officer of JS Oyodo. Admiral Kawano was awarded the Legion of Merit in 2012 and 2019 for his contributions to strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Admiral Kawano received his master’s in International Relations from Tsukuba University, and his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the National Defense Academy. He is also a graduate of the Command and Staff Course at the U.S. Naval War College.