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Ukraine vs Japan

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Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe with an area of 603,500 km2 (land boundries: 5,581 km and costline 2,782 km). The capital of Ukraine is Kiev. The number of inhabitants is 41,487,960.

During the 2008 Bucharest summit, NATO declared that Ukraine would eventually become a member of NATO when it meets the criteria for accession. In February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is equipped mostly with older Russian and Soviet-era weapons systems. Ukraine has a broad defense industry capable of building Soviet-era land systems and maintaining and upgrading Soviet-era combat aircraft, as well as missile and air defense systems.

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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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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 5.4 billion $ 50.3 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3% 1%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 738 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 255,000 247,150
Reserve personnel: 1,000,000 56,100
Available for military: 11,149,646 27,301,443

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Highest value in the world: 2,185,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,105 1,004
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,990 3,072
Total artillery: 3,721 623
Self-propelled artillery: 1,047 214
Rocket artillery: 630 99

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,270 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 326 1,444
Fighter aircraft: 70 155
Multirole aircraf: 0 79
Attack aircraft: 29 0
Helicopters: 129 698
UCAV (combat drone): 12 0

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

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Total naval: 63 140
Aircraftcarriers: 0 4
Destroyers: 0 36
Frigates: 1 2
Corvettes: 0 6
Submarines: 0 22

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Highest value in the world: 742 (China)
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Nuclear weapons

Ukraine

Although Ukraine has never produced its own nuclear weapon to this day, we should bear in mind that back in the days, Ukraine possessed approximately 5,000 nuclear weapons. This is all due to the fact that before 1991, Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union. However, as a consequence of its dissolution, all the countries that were satellites or were forcefully attached to Soviet Union, received number of warheads. They were once the property of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, after Ukraine became independent, they received everything that was the part of the USSR, even nuclear warheads. As a result of that, Ukraine became the third largest holder of nuclear weapons in the world.

Ukraine decided to get rid of these weapons quite quickly. Three years later, in 1994 that is, they joined Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 1996, all the warheads were moved and disassembled in Russia.

Japan

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Ukraine

18-27 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation is 18 months

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.