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Military power of Japan & South Korea

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Japan vs South Korea

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Country: Japan (JP) South Korea (KR)
Capital: Tokyo Seoul
Population: 126 880 000 51 446 201
Area: 377 944 km2 100 210 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 46,1 billion $ 36,8 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1% 2,7%

Military budget

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 247 150 625 000
Reserve personnel: 56 100 3 100 000
Available for military: 27 301 443 13 185 794

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 686 2 446
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2 905 3 290
Total artillery: 1 179 5 958
Self-propelled artillery: 226 1 890
Rocket artillery: 99 214

Tanks

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 654 1 526
Fighter aircraft: 154 151
Multirole aircraf: 134 265
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 719 786

Total aircraft

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Navy

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Total naval: 129 151
Aircraftcarriers: 4 1
Destroyers: 38 12
Frigates: 0 13
Corvettes: 6 16
Submarines: 17 15

Total naval

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Nuclear weapons

Japan

Does not have nuclear weapons.

South Korea

Does not have nuclear weapons.

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.

South Korea

20-30 years of age for compulsory military service, with middle school education required; minimum conscript service obligation - 21 months (Army, Marines), 23 months (Navy), 24 months (Air Force); 18-26 years of age for voluntary military service; women, in service since 1950, admitted to 7 service branches, including infantry, but excluded from artillery, armor, anti-air, and chaplaincy corps; HIV-positive individuals are exempt from military service.