| 15 August 1962 – present|
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
7th Division, at Camp Higashi Chitose in Chitose
7th Division HQ, in Chitose
71st Tank Regiment, in Chitose, with five squadrons of Type 90 Main Battle Tanks
72nd Tank Regiment, in Eniwa, with five squadrons of Type 90 Main Battle Tanks
73rd Tank Regiment, in Eniwa, with five squadrons of Type 90 Main Battle Tanks
11th Infantry Regiment, in Chitose, with three companies of Type 89 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, three companies of Type 73 Armored Personnel Carrier and one company of Type 96 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar Carriers
7th Artillery Regiment (Mechanized), in Chitose
1st Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of Type 99 155mm Self-propelled howitzers
2nd Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of Type 99 155mm Self-propelled howitzers
3rd Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of Type 99 155mm Self-propelled howitzers
4th Artillery Battalion, with two batteries of Type 99 155mm Self-propelled howitzers
7th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment, in Shinhidaka, with six batteries empolying Type 81 Surface-to-air missile systems and Type 87 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns
7th Combat Engineer Battalion, in Chitose
7th Signal Battalion, in Chitose
7th Reconnaissance Company, in Chitose, with Type 87 armored reconnaissance vehicle
7th Aviation Squadron, at Chitose Airport, flying UH-1J and OH-6D helicopters
7th NBC Protection Company, in Chitose
7th Logistic Support Regiment, in Chitose
1st Maintenance Battalion
2nd Maintenance Battalion
7th Division (Japan) Wikipedia
The 7th Division (第7師団, Dai-Nana Shidan)) is one of nine active divisions of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The division is the only armored division of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. It is subordinated to the Northern Army and is headquartered in Chitose, Hokkaidō. Its responsibility is the defense of North Hokkaidō against potential conflicts, mostly from Russia.
The division was raised on 15 August 1962 as the 7th Mechanized Division. In 1981 it was merged with the 1st Armor Brigade to become the 7th Armored Division. As of 1987 it consisted of a headquarters, headquarters company, 7 regiments (3 armor, 1 motorized infantry, 1 artillery, 1 air defense artillery and 1 logistical support regiment), and 3 battalions (namely Reconnaissance, Combat Engineer, and Signals).
An armor regiment consisted of 5 tank squadrons, each with 15 Type 90 tanks (75 in all). A motorized infantry regiment had 6 motorized infantry companies and 1 mortar company. The artillery regiment contained 4 155-mm self-propelled howitzer battalions (10 guns in each).
In all, the armored division had about 6,500 men, 230 tanks, about 350 Type 89 and Type 73 armored personnel carriers, 40 self-propelled howitzers, 48 mortars (81-mm and larger), 12 106-mm recoilless weapons, 40 35- and 40-mm self-propelled air defense systems, along with other armament and support systems, making it the most well-armed Japanese division.