Osamu Onoda is an advisor of Toshiba Corporation Social Infrastructure Systems Company. He was a senior fellow of the Harvard University Asia Center from July 2013 to June 2015. His research focuses national security strategy of Japan, U.S. and China and Chinese military capabilities.
He retired from Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) in July 2012 as Lieutenant General. He is a 1977 graduate of the National Defense Academy. His expertise was a communication and electronics. He was a commander of the Air Education and Training Command, the Western Air Force and 7th Fighter Wing, He was the Director of Personnel and Education Department, the head of Defense Planning and Programs Division, and the program managers of Aircraft Control and Warning System, E-767 AWACS, KC-767 and C-2 in the Air Staff Office.