Japan Military Size 1985-2022

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 2019 was 261,000.00, a 0.06% decline from 2018.
  • 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.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Number of People
United States 1,388,000.00
South Korea 613,000.00
Italy 342,000.00
France 304,000.00
Japan 261,000.00
Saudi Arabia 252,000.00
Spain 199,000.00
Poland 189,000.00
Germany 184,000.00
Israel 178,000.00
United Kingdom 149,000.00
Greece 147,000.00
Chile 122,000.00
Argentina 103,000.00
Canada 72,000.00
UAE 63,000.00
Singapore 59,000.00
Australia 59,000.00
Portugal 52,000.00
Oman 47,000.00
Netherlands 41,000.00
Hungary 40,000.00
Lithuania 37,000.00
Panama 28,000.00
Finland 27,000.00
Belgium 26,000.00
Czech Republic 25,000.00
Kuwait 25,000.00
Norway 23,000.00
Austria 22,000.00
Qatar 22,000.00
Uruguay 22,000.00
Switzerland 20,000.00
Bahrain 19,000.00
Croatia 18,000.00
Slovak Republic 16,000.00
Cyprus 16,000.00
Denmark 15,000.00
Sweden 15,000.00
New Zealand 9,000.00
Ireland 9,000.00
Brunei 8,000.00
Estonia 7,000.00
Slovenia 7,000.00
Latvia 6,000.00
Trinidad and Tobago 5,000.00
Malta 2,000.00
Bahamas 2,000.00
Luxembourg 1,000.00
Barbados 1,000.00
Antigua and Barbuda 0.00
Iceland 0.00
Seychelles 0.00
Japan Military Size - Historical Data
Year Number of People Annual % Change
2019 261,000.00 -0.06%
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%