Updated: August 20th, 2022
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Toyama Military Academy
The beginning of the Toyama Military Academy is said to be the establishment of the Toyama Branch of Army Cadet School in June 1873, which was built at the site of one of the former town residences of the daimyo of Owari-han, in present-day Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. In February the following year, it was renamed to Toyama Gakko (Toyama Academy) of officer training for the Imperial Japanese Army.
In the prospectus with the history of the Toyama Military Academy published in late December 1907, Ota Tasuku, an Imperial Army Infantry Staff Sergeant, wrote as follows (excerption);
Establishment of the School: the School was established in August, started enrolling students and administering school affairs from the 20th of the month1873.
Due to the abolition of cadet schools in May 1875, the school became an academy directly under the Ministry of War.
Due to the regulatory changes that came into effect on 2 January 1897, the Academy, which had been overseen by the Kangun-bu department, came under the Sokan-bu department in the military and continues to be so today.
From 1873 to 1884, specialist French officers were employed as teachers for physical training, shooting, and sword fighting.
The intention of establishing the academy: It was an urgent requirement when establishing the Imperial Japanese Army to pursue learning in order to unify the education of the whole armed force. It is especially important to learn about the situation of fast-moving military affairs of foreign countries in order to progress in tandem with them. In order to do so, it is essential to train the officers based on the same curriculum so that a trained officer could return to his regiment with the knowledge to disseminate in order to assure even progress. That is the intention of establishing the academy.
Later in 1903, an Imperial decree was issued defining the Toyama Military Academy to be that of providing military education and mainly infantry training in battle strategy, shooting, physical exercise, sword fighting, and drum and bugle in order to advance the whole army, to promote continuous research, to study and test portable firearms, and in the case of music students to be the future members of the military band.
The present academy has the following departments;
Battle tactics (including former shooting section)
Physical training (including former sword fighting section)
The academy enrolls four types of students;
Students of battle tactics: infantry captains (sometimes including heavy artillery engineering officers)
Students of physical training: infantry, cavalry, and artillery first and second lieutenants
Students of the military band: to be chosen from civilian candidates nationwide
Auditors: infantry, cavalry, and artillery soldiers and the head of the buglers
In short, the Toyama Military Academy was established in 1873, at the very beginning of establishing the Imperial Japanese Army in order to catch up the Western powers as quickly as possible. In order to do so, it invited French army officers to provide unified military education for Japanese officers who would be the core of each regiment, to disseminate the knowledge so that the advancement of the unified and integrated army affairs would be achieved.
The academy was closed at the end of the Second World War in 1945.