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Japan is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 377,944 km2 (land boundries: 0 km and costline 29,751 km). The capital of Japan is Tokyo. The number of inhabitants is 125,360,000.

The current Self Defense Force was founded in 1954. Japan has Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status with the USA. Approximately 55,000 US troops and other military assets, including aircraft and naval ships, were stationed in Japan and had exclusive use of more than 80 bases and facilities. In exchange for their use, the US guarantees Japan’s security. The JSDF is equipped with a mix of imported and domestically-produced equipment. The majority of its weapons imports are from the US and some domestically-produced weapons are US-origin and manufactured under license.

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Russia is a country located in North Asia bordering the Arctic Ocean with an area of 17,098,242 km2 (land boundries: 22,407 km and costline 37,653 km). The capital of Russia is Moscow. The number of inhabitants is 146,171,015.

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine with an estimated 150 k troops. Russia is the leading member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The Russian Federation's military is equipped with domestically-produced weapons systems. Russia is the world's second largest exporter of military hardware and has the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 51 billion $ 86.4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1.2% 4.1%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 247,150 1,000,000
Reserve personnel: 56,100 2,000,000
Available for military: 27,301,443 34,765,736

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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1,004 12,267
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3,072 24,172
Total artillery: 623 18,266
Self-propelled artillery: 214 6,443
Rocket artillery: 99 4,331

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,444 4,418
Fighter aircraft: 155 340
Multirole aircraft: 79 382
Attack aircraft: 0 689
Helicopters: 698 1,665
UCAV (combat drone): 0 100

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 140 653
Aircraftcarriers: 4 1
Destroyers: 36 14
Frigates: 2 11
Corvettes: 6 80
Submarines: 22 66

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)
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Nuclear weapons

Japan

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Russia

The second most important state when it comes to researching, developing, and then storing nuclear weapon. Although the Russians managed to catch up with Americans later on, it was only in 1949 that the first nuclear test conducted by then the Soviet Union occurred. It was still quite a surprise for the Western Powers, who believed that Russia won’t be capable of producing nuclear warheads until 1953-1954. After the first test, the nation in question started to rapidly increase the amount of warheads they possessed. In the end of 1980s, they were the leading power when it comes to total number of warheads stored. It was approximately 40,000 warheads.

Nowadays, similarly to United States, the Russians store a total number of 6490 warheads, what is scarcely more than USA. When it comes to the number of deployed warheads, the amount is the same as in case of Americans, namely 1600 deployed warheads. We should also remember about the fact that Russia conducted over 700 tests, what makes them the second most important nation when it comes to developing nuclear weapons. However, it was the Soviet Union that managed to create the biggest bomb in the world. Known as Tsar Bomba, it had blast yield of 50 megatons of TNT.

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.

Russia

18-27 years of age for compulsory or voluntary military service; males are registered for the draft at 17 years of age; 1-year service obligation (conscripts can only be sent to combat zones after 6 months of training); reserve obligation for non-officers to age 50; enrollment in military schools from the age of 16, cadets classified as members of the armed forces.