Japanese Southern China Area Army

The Japanese South China Area Army (南支那方面軍, Minami Shina hōmen gun) was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army during Second Sino-Japanese War.

Japanese South China Area Army
ActiveFebruary 9, 1940-June 26, 1941
CountryEmpire of Japan
BranchImperial Japanese Army
RoleField Army
Nickname(s)Nami (, Wave)


The Japanese South China Area Army was formed on February 9, 1940 under the control of the China Expeditionary Army. It was transferred to direct control by the Imperial General Headquarters on July 23, 1940. Headquartered in Canton, it was responsible for direction of the Japanese invasion of southern China, garrisoning Japanese-occupied Guangdong Province and controlling military operations in neighboring Guangxi Province. It was disbanded on June 26, 1941 and its component units were reassigned back to the China Expeditionary Army.

On March 9, the 106th Division was recalled to Japan for demobilization from Central China. It was disbanded in Central China in April 1940 never having reached South China.

List of CommandersEdit

Commanding officerEdit

Name From To
1 Lieutenant General Rikichi Ando 10 February 1940 5 October 1940
2 Lieutenant General Jun Ushiroku 5 October 1940 26 June 1941

Chief of StaffEdit

Name From To
1 Major General Hiroshi Nemoto 10 February 1940 1 March 1941
2 Major General Rimpei Katō 1 March 1941 28 June 1941



  • Dorn, Frank (1974). The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor. MacMillan. ISBN 0-02-532200-1.
  • Madej, Victor (1981). Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945. Game Publishing Company. ASIN: B000L4CYWW.

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