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Howa Type 89

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Howa Type 89 with integral bipod - 5.56x45mm.
Howa Type 89-F assault rifle with folding stock for Paratroopers and 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm.

When the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) was looking for a new assault rifle to replace the aging 7.62x51mm Howa Type 64 , Howa Machinery Co. of Japan designed and developed the Type 89 assault rifle, chambered for the 5.56x45mm NATO round. It is much lighter than the Type 64 and is a modern assault rifle comparable to the M4A1, the SIG SG 551, and the Heckler & Koch G36.

The Type 89's design resembles the US-designed AR-18 assault rifle, which was manufactured by Howa under license from ArmaLite. It replaced the Howa Type 64 as the main battle rifle of the JGSDF in 1989, even though the Type 64 is still used in secondary units and Coast Guard units.

In 2019, Japan adopted the Howa Type 20 and acquired their first batch in 2020, though total replacement of the Type 89 remains far off.


(1989 - Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Weight: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • Length: 36.1 in (91.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 16.5 in (42 cm)
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Burst-3/Full-Auto

The Howa Type 89 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Gamera 2: Assault of the Legion JGSDF soldiers 1996
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus G-Graspers headquarters guards 2000
Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies Katsuyuki Yamazaki Arita 2001
Yoji Tanaka Rokuyama
Makoto Sakamoto Matsui
uncredited Hasangui
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. JGSDF soldiers 2003
Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 JGSDF soldiers 2005
Kyôka Suzuki Rei Kanzaki
Yôsuke Eguchi Yusuke Kashima
Daisuke Shima Mikuni
Kôji Matoba Yoda
D-Day (Den'D) Enemy soldier Airsoft 2008
Pandemic JSDF members 2009
Lust of the Dead 2 Survivors 2013
Library Wars Kanto Library Defense Force soldiers 2013
Nana Eikura Iku Kasahara
Junichi Okada Atsushi Dojo
As the Gods Will JSDF soldiers 2014
Godzilla Monarch security Airsoft 2014
Before We Vanish JGSDF soldiers 2017
Revolution+1 Soran Tamoto Tatsuya Kawakami 2022


Title Actor Character Note Date
Black and White Lao Tou's guard 2009
Alice in Borderland - Season 2 Sho Aoyagi Aguni Morizono 2022

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Joukyou Kaishi! Type 89 2005
Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath Type 89F Paratrooper model 2005
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Used by JGSDF soldiers 2005
Splinter Cell: Double Agent 2006
Operation 7 2006
Forbidden Siren 2 "Type 89 Rifle" 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms Type89 Available to Japanese players only 2007
Cross Fire Type89 2007
Type89-Custom with Aimpoint sight, silencer and flashlight
Combat Arms 2008
Yakuza: Dead Souls Used by JGSDF soldiers 2011
Glorious Missions Type 89 Scope and Weapon Lights (Veteran JGSDF Soldier Only) Non-player weapon, used by JGSDF soldiers and terrorists 2012
S.K.I.L.L - Special Force 2 2013
Warface Howa Type 89 Custom heavy customized 2013
Rainbow Six: Siege Type-89 w/ various attachments Introduced in Operation Red Crow expansion (2016) 2015
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth Seen in a poster for a movie. Likely from Dead Souls. Barely noticeable. Might actually not be this specific rifle. 2024


Title Character Note Date
Patlabor: The Movie JGSDF soldiers 1989
Patlabor: The Movie 2 JGSDF soldiers 1993
Memories ("Stink Bomb") JGSDF soldiers 1995
Devil Lady SAT, guardians 1998-1999
Takae "God" (E25)
Takeshi Maki
Luv Wave Alice 2000
Amon: The Darkside of The Devilman JGSDF soldier 2000
WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 JGSDF soldiers 2001
Digimon Tamers JGSDF soldiers 2001 - 2002
RahXephon JGSDF soldiers 2002
Yukikaze Japanese soldiers 2002 - 2005
Desert Punk Mercenary 2004
Zipang JMSDF sailors 2004
Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig Ishikawa and Kuze Outfitted with futuristic furniture with hybrid cybernetic/optical sights and underbarrel M203 grenade launcher 2004 - 2005
Starship Operators Amaterasu crewmembers Modified to appear futuristic 2005
Full Metal Panic! JGSDF soldiers 2005
Karas JSDF soldiers 2005-2007
Ergo Proxy Quinn "Return Home/Domecoming" (E06) 2006
Saikano JGSDF soldiers 2006
The Strange Case Files of Ryoko Yakushiji Japanese Private Police, Kazuma Nonagase, Yukiko Muromachi 2008
Library War Library Defense Force soldiers 2008
Sound of the Sky 2010
High School of the Dead 2010
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Homura Akemi 2011
Majikoi - Oh! Samurai Girls! 2011
Gyo JGSDF soldiers 2012
Eureka Seven: AO 2012
Upotte!! Type 89-F 2012
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ Yachiyo Hinata Airsoft, Type 89-F 2013
Coppelion 1st Division Soldiers 2013
Black Bullet JGSDF soldiers 2014
Survival Game Club! JGSDF soldiers 2014
Tokyo ESP JGSDF soldiers 2014
Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There JGSDF soldiers 2015
Bungo Stray Dogs Ep. 03, Ep. 11 2016
Active Raid: Special Public Security Fifth Division Third Mobile Assault Eighth Unit Yakuza Wakashu 2016
Case Closed - Season 27 JASDF airmen "Conan and Heiji's Nue Legend (Resolution Chapter)" 2017-2018
Steins;Gate 0 JGSDF soldiers 2018
Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka JGSDF soldiers 2019


Title Characters Notation Date
Hit-Monkey JGSDF soldiers, Bryce Fowler and Monkey 2021

See Also

  • Howa - A list of all firearms manufactured by Howa.

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