Yoshifumi Hibako is a former Ground Self-Defense Force chief of staff. Born in 1951 in Fukuoka Prefecture, he enlisted in the Ground Self-Defense Forces upon graduating from the Self Defense Academy in March 1974. After becoming infantry leader in the staff rangers course, he assumed the position of commander for the 1st Airborne Brigade (Narashino), as well as Ground Staff Officer. Hibako has an extensive work history that includes: 3rd Infantry Regiment Commanding Officer (Nayoro), 1st Airborne Brigade Commander (Narashino), 10th Division Commander (Nagoya), Chief-Secretary of the Self Defense Academy (Vice President, Yokosuka), and Central Army Commissioner (Itami). He became the 32nd Ground Self Defense Force Chief of Staff in March 2009. Hibako was chief of staff at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake and led disaster relief efforts. He retired in August 2011. Hibako is currently adviser to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, a member of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals Board of Directors, a member of the Kaikosha Board of Directors, part-time lecturer at Tsukuba University, and standing director of the All Japan Judo Federation. He holds a 5th-dan Judo ranking. Hibako’s publication is titled Sokudo Hissui