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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: 125,360,000 51,709,098
Area: 377,944 km2 100,210 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 50.3 billion $ 45.5 billion $
Percent of GDP: 1% 2.7%

Military budget

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 247,150 555,000
Reserve personnel: 56,100 2,750,000
Available for military: 27,301,443 13,185,794

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 1,004 2,606
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3,072 4,380
Total artillery: 623 7,468
Self-propelled artillery: 214 3,040
Rocket artillery: 99 574

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,444 1,585
Fighter aircraft: 155 156
Multirole aircraf: 79 371
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 698 757
UCAV (combat drone): 0 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 140 195
Aircraftcarriers: 4 2
Destroyers: 36 12
Frigates: 2 18
Corvettes: 6 11
Submarines: 22 22

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.