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Military power of South Korea & Japan

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South Korea vs Japan

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Country: South Korea (KR) Japan (JP)
Capital: Seoul Tokyo
Population: 51,709,098 125,360,000
Area: 100,210 km2 377,944 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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

Military budget

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Manpower

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

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,446 1,004
Armoured fighting vehicles: 3,290 3,072
Total artillery: 5,958 623
Self-propelled artillery: 1,890 214
Rocket artillery: 214 99

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,570 1,444
Fighter aircraft: 151 155
Multirole aircraf: 320 79
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 786 698
UCAV (combat drone): 0 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 151 140
Aircraftcarriers: 1 4
Destroyers: 12 36
Frigates: 13 2
Corvettes: 16 6
Submarines: 15 22

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Nuclear weapons

South Korea

Does not have nuclear weapons.

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Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

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.

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.