Kenichi Matsui

Visiting Fellow

Commander Kenichi Matsui, Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), is currently assigned as a strategic planner with the Defense Plans and Policy Department (J5) of the Joint Staff at the Japanese Ministry of Defense. Previously, he was Deputy Defense Attaché in the Japanese Embassy in Paris.

Throughout his career as a Tactical Coordinator (TACCO) in the P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft, he participated in missions as part of Air Patrol Squadron 2, including counter-piracy operations in the waters off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden in 2010. He also has coordinated and participated in several US-Japan bilateral exercises. Commander Matsui has also served as an instructor the Air Training Squadron 203, Shimofusa Air Base, in Chiba. 

During his almost 20 years of service with the JMSDF, he has also served in the Public Affairs Division of the Ministry of Defense, contributing to the editorial direction of its monthly publication, MAMOR.


Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering
National Defense Academy, Kanagawa

Expert Study Course
Air Development Squadron 51, JMSDF, Atsugi