Japan Military Size 1985-2021

Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.
  • Japan military size for 2018 was 261,150.00, a 0.06% increase from 2017.
  • Japan military size for 2017 was 261,000.00, a 0.04% increase from 2016.
  • Japan military size for 2016 was 260,890.00, a 0.42% increase from 2015.
  • Japan military size for 2015 was 259,800.00, a 0% increase from 2014.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
United States 1,379,800.00
South Korea 608,000.00
Italy 341,500.00
France 304,800.00
Japan 261,150.00
Saudi Arabia 252,000.00
Poland 196,700.00
Spain 196,350.00
Germany 181,400.00
Israel 177,500.00
United Kingdom 148,450.00
Greece 147,850.00
Chile 122,200.00
Argentina 105,200.00
Canada 72,400.00
UAE 63,000.00
Singapore 59,000.00
Australia 58,100.00
Portugal 52,250.00
Oman 46,600.00
Netherlands 41,410.00
Hungary 39,800.00
Lithuania 39,550.00
Belgium 31,500.00
Panama 26,000.00
Finland 25,200.00
Kuwait 24,500.00
Norway 23,250.00
Austria 22,850.00
Czech Republic 22,245.00
Uruguay 22,100.00
Qatar 21,500.00
Switzerland 21,450.00
Bahrain 19,200.00
Croatia 18,200.00
Cyprus 16,000.00
Slovak Republic 15,850.00
Sweden 15,150.00
Denmark 14,500.00
New Zealand 9,400.00
Ireland 8,650.00
Brunei 8,200.00
Slovenia 7,250.00
Latvia 6,900.00
Estonia 6,700.00
Trinidad and Tobago 4,050.00
Luxembourg 1,900.00
Malta 1,750.00
Bahamas 1,300.00
Barbados 610.00
Seychelles 420.00
Antigua and Barbuda 180.00
Japan Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2018 261,150.00 0.06%
2017 261,000.00 0.04%
2016 260,890.00 0.42%
2015 259,800.00 0.00%
2014 259,800.00 0.00%
2013 259,800.00 0.00%
2012 259,800.00 -0.11%
2011 260,086.00 -0.11%
2010 260,382.00 0.00%
2009 260,382.00 7.60%
2008 242,000.00 0.00%
2007 242,000.00 -3.97%
2006 252,000.00 -7.35%
2005 272,000.00 8.37%
2004 251,000.00 -0.44%
2003 252,100.00 0.00%
2002 252,100.00 0.00%
2001 252,100.00 1.37%
2000 248,700.00 -2.32%
1999 254,600.00 0.00%
1998 254,600.00 2.83%
1997 247,600.00 0.04%
1996 247,500.00 -1.59%
1995 251,500.00 7.94%
1994 233,000.00 -3.72%
1993 242,000.00 0.00%
1992 242,000.00 -3.20%
1991 250,000.00 0.00%
1990 250,000.00 1.21%
1989 247,000.00 1.65%
1985 243,000.00 1.65%