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Comparison of South Korea and Japan Military Strengths (2021)



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Side-by-side comparison showcasing the relative fighting strengths of South Korea and Japan for the year 2021.



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COUNTRIES
South Korea
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PwrIndx: 0.1612*
*PwrIndx score of 0.0000 being optimal.
Ranked 6 of 140
Japan
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PwrIndx: 0.1599*
*PwrIndx score of 0.0000 being optimal.
Ranked 5 of 140
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MANPOWER
Total Population (Rnk 28)
51,835,110
(Diff: -73,672,362)
Total Population (Rnk 11)
125,507,472
(Diff: 73,672,362)
Available Manpower (Rnk 26)
25,917,555
(Diff: -28,050,658)
Available Manpower (Rnk 11)
53,968,213
(Diff: 28,050,658)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 25)
21,252,395
(Diff: -22,461,857)
Fit-for-Service (Rnk 10)
43,714,252
(Diff: 22,461,857)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 52)
425,048
(Diff: -755,237)
Reaching Mil. Age Annually (Rnk 19)
1,180,285
(Diff: 755,237)
Active Personnel (Rnk 7)
600,000
(Diff: 350,000)
Active Personnel (Rnk 23)
250,000
(Diff: -350,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 1)
3,100,000
(Diff: 3,045,000)
Reserve Personnel (Rnk 38)
55,000
(Diff: -3,045,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 4)
3,010,000
(Diff: 2,996,000)
Paramilitary Forces (Rnk 44)
14,000
(Diff: -2,996,000)
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FINANCIALS
Defense Budget (Rnk 8)
$48,000,000,000
(Diff: $-3,700,000,000)
Defense Budget (Rnk 6)
$51,700,000,000
(Diff: $3,700,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 27)
$384,600,000,000
(Diff: $-2,855,400,000,000)
External Debt (Rnk 6)
$3,240,000,000,000
(Diff: $2,855,400,000,000)
Foreign Reserve (Rnk 8)
$389,200,000,000
(Diff: $-874,800,000,000)
Foreign Reserve (Rnk 2)
$1,264,000,000,000
(Diff: $874,800,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 14)
$2,100,000,000,000
(Diff: $-3,345,000,000,000)
Purchasing Power (Rnk 4)
$5,445,000,000,000
(Diff: $3,345,000,000,000)
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AIRPOWER
Total Aircraft (Rnk 5)
1,581
(Diff: 101)
Total Aircraft (Rnk 6)
1,480
(Diff: -101)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 6)
402
(Diff: 146)
Fighter Aircraft (Rnk 11)
256
(Diff: -146)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 12)
74
(Diff: 57)
Dedicated Attack (Rnk 25)
17
(Diff: -57)
Transports (Rnk 22)
41
(Diff: -20)
Transports (Rnk 12)
61
(Diff: 20)
Trainers (Rnk 8)
296
(Diff: -131)
Trainers (Rnk 4)
427
(Diff: 131)
Special-Mission (Rnk 9)
30
(Diff: -132)
Special-Mission (Rnk 2)
162
(Diff: 132)
Helicopters (Rnk 5)
734
(Diff: 182)
Helicopters (Rnk 6)
552
(Diff: -182)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 5)
112
(Diff: -7)
Attack Helicopters (Rnk 4)
119
(Diff: 7)
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LAND POWER
Tank Strength (Rnk 12)
2,600
(Diff: 1,596)
Tank Strength (Rnk 23)
1,004
(Diff: -1,596)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 4)
14,100
(Diff: 8,600)
Armored Vehicles (Rnk 18)
5,500
(Diff: -8,600)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 2)
3,040
(Diff: 2,826)
Self-Propelled Artillery (Rnk 26)
214
(Diff: -2,826)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 3)
3,854
(Diff: 3,374)
Towed Artillery (Rnk 23)
480
(Diff: -3,374)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 10)
574
(Diff: 475)
Mobile Rocket Projectors (Rnk 33)
99
(Diff: -475)
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NAVAL POWER
Fleet Strength (Rnk 13)
234
(Diff: 79)
Fleet Strength (Rnk 19)
155
(Diff: -79)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Aircraft Carriers (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: 0)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 5)
1
(Diff: -3)
Helo Carriers (Rnk 2)
4
(Diff: 3)
Submarines (Rnk 6)
22
(Diff: 2)
Submarines (Rnk 7)
20
(Diff: -2)
Destroyers (Rnk 5)
12
(Diff: -25)
Destroyers (Rnk 2)
37
(Diff: 25)
Frigates (Rnk 4)
14
(Diff: 14)
Frigates (Rnk 139)
0
(Diff: -14)
Corvettes (Rnk 7)
12
(Diff: 6)
Corvettes (Rnk 11)
6
(Diff: -6)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 32)
26
(Diff: 20)
Patrol Vessels (Rnk 51)
6
(Diff: -20)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 9)
11
(Diff: -10)
Mine Warfare (Rnk 4)
21
(Diff: 10)
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LOGISTICS
Airports (Rnk 48)
111
(Diff: -64)
Airports (Rnk 31)
175
(Diff: 64)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 9)
1,880
(Diff: -3,137)
Merchant Marine (Rnk 4)
5,017
(Diff: 3,137)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 10)
11
(Diff: -33)
Ports & Terminals (Rnk 1)
44
(Diff: 33)
Labor Force (Rnk 20)
26,839,000
(Diff: -39,701,000)
Labor Force (Rnk 8)
66,540,000
(Diff: 39,701,000)
Roadways (Rnk 42)
103,029km
(Diff: -1,107,222km)
Roadways (Rnk 5)
1,210,251km
(Diff: 1,107,222km)
Roadways (Rnk 51)
3,381km
(Diff: -23,801km)
Roadways (Rnk 11)
27,182km
(Diff: 23,801km)
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RESOURCES (OIL)
Oil Production (Rnk 139)
0bbl
(Diff: -3,200bbl)
Oil Production (Rnk 62)
3,200bbl
(Diff: 3,200bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 7)
2,800,000bbl
(Diff: -1,200,000bbl)
Oil Consumption (Rnk 4)
4,000,000bbl
(Diff: 1,200,000bbl)
Proven Reserves (Rnk 139)
0bbl
(Diff: -44,120,000bbl)
Proven Reserves (Rnk 70)
44,120,000bbl
(Diff: 44,120,000bbl)
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GEOGRAPHY
Square Land Area (Rnk 101)
99,720km
(Diff: -278,195km)
Square Land Area (Rnk 60)
377,915km
(Diff: 278,195km)
Shared Border (Rnk 126)
237km
(Diff: 237km)
Shared Border
NONE: ISLAND
(Diff: -237km)
Coastline (Rnk 43)
2,413km
(Diff: -27,338km)
Coastline (Rnk 5)
29,751km
(Diff: 27,338km)
Waterways (Rnk 51)
1,600km
(Diff: -170km)
Waterways (Rnk 47)
1,770km
(Diff: 170km)


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