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Military power of Japan and North Korea

Country: Japan North Korea
Capital: Tokyo Pyongyang
Population: 126 880 000 24 895 000
Area: 377 944 km2 120 540 km2
Nuclear weapons: 0 warheads <10 warheads
More: Japan military forces description North Korea military forces description

Military expenditures

Military budget: 46,1 billion $ 15 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1% 20,8%
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Manpower

Active personnel: 247 150 1 190 000
Reserve personnel: 56 100 600 000
Available for military: 27 301 443 6 515 279

Land Forces

Tanks: 686 6 000×See current equipment
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 905 4 000
Total artillery: 1 179 13 000
Self-propelled artillery: 226 4 500
Rocket artillery: 99 5 000

Air Forces

Total aircraft: 1 654 906
Fighter aircraft: 154 349
Multirole aircraf: 134 35
Attack aircraft: 0 154
Helicopters: 719 202

Navy

Total naval: 129 525
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 38 0
Frigates: 0 6
Corvettes: 6 6
Submarines: 17 75

Military service

Japan

18 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription; mandatory retirement at age 53 for senior enlisted personnel and at 62 years for senior service officers.

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.