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The 12th Brigade (Air Assault) (第12旅団) is one of six active brigades of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The brigade is subordinated to the Eastern Army and is headquartered in Shintō, Gunma. Its responsibility is the defense of Gunma, Nagano, Niigata and Tochigi prefectures.

12th Brigade (Air Assault)
JGSDF 12th Brigade.svg
Active13 March 2001 – present
Country Japan
Branch Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
TypeAir assault brigade
Size4,000 soldiers
Part ofJGSDF Eastern Army.svg Eastern Army
Maj. Gen. Masafumi Akamatsu

The brigade was formed on 13 March 2001 with units from the disbanded 12th Infantry Division.


note 1: Infantry Regiments have only battalion strength.

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