Ranked:
6th (2012)

Japanese Military Budget

See the chart below for a yearly breakdown of military spending in Japan. (2001 to 2012)

Military Spending in Japan

Our latest data shows that Japan spent $59,242,000,000 on their military in 2012 which amounted to 1.0% of the country's GDP that year. Check out the chart below for more Japanese military budget data. We can only publish the past 12 years, but SIPRI has data as far back as 1988 on their site.

Total Spent: $723,058,000,000 (Last 12 years)

Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2001 $60,250,000,000 1.0%
2002 $60,701,000,000 1.0%
2003 $61,460,000,000 1.0%
2004 $61,201,000,000 1.0%
2005 $61,288,000,000 1.0%
2006 $60,892,000,000 1.0%
Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2007 $60,574,000,000 1.0%
2008 $59,140,000,000 1.0%
2009 $59,735,000,000 1.0%
2010 $59,003,000,000 1.0%
2011 $59,572,000,000 1.0%
2012 $59,242,000,000 1.0%

Note on Data: Constant (2011) US Dollars are used. For more information about this data visit SIPRI.org.

SIPRI Footnote: The figures include the budgeted amount for the Special Action Committee on Okinawa (SACO) and exclude military pensions.

Other Countries in the Region

Korean Flag South Korea
$31,484 Million (2012)
Vietnamese Flag Viet Nam
$3,397 Million (2012)
Chinese Flag China
$157,603 Million (2012)
Cambodian Flag Cambodia
$210 Million (2012)
Bangladeshi Flag Bangladesh
$1,514 Million (2012)
Laotian Flag Laos
No Data (2012)
Malaysian Flag Malaysia
$4,662 Million (2012)
Indian Flag India
$48,255 Million (2012)

Japan's Military Branches

Ground Self-Defense Force (Rikujou Jieitai, GSDF), Maritime Self-Defense Force (Kaijou Jieitai, MSDF), Air Self-Defense Force (Koukuu Jieitai, ASDF).

Military Service Age in 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.