The government appointed Gen. Hajime Massaki on Friday to the new post of Self-Defense Forces Joint Staff chief to serve as a chief aide to the Defense Agency’s director general under the planned integration of the operations of the SDF’s ground, maritime and air branches.

Massaki, 61, has served as chairman of the SDF’s Joint Staff Council. The post of Joint Staff Council chairman will be replaced by the new post at the time of the integration.

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