The standard issue 7.62×51mm NATO general-purpose machine gun of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Also known as the Type 62 GPMG. When first issued it fulfilled both light and medium machine gun support throughout the JGSDF.
Though the Sumitomo Heavy Industries' M249 firing the smaller 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge has largely replaced it in the light machine gun role at the squad level in the JGSDF, the Type 62 still plays the support role at platoon and company level for the infantry as a medium machine gun firing the more powerful cartridge. It also continues to be used as a co-axial weapon in various armoured vehicles, including tanks and APCs. Like all modern Japanese-made firearms, it was never exported.