Military and Transnational Issues in Japan

Military branches
Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD): Ground Self-Defense Force (Rikujou Jieitai, GSDF), Maritime Self-Defense Force (Kaijou Jieitai, MSDF), Air Self-Defense Force (Koukuu Jieitai, ASDF) (2011)
Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for voluntary military service; Maritime Self-Defense Force mandatory retirement at age 54 (2011)
Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49:
27,301,443
females age 16-49:
26,307,003 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49:
22,390,431
females age 16-49:
21,540,322 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male:
623,365
female:
591,253 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures
0.8% of GDP (2006)
rank:
149
Disputes - international
the sovereignty dispute over the islands of Etorofu, Kunashiri, and Shikotan, and the Habomai group, known in Japan as the "Northern Territories" and in Russia as the "Southern Kuril Islands," occupied by the Soviet Union in 1945, now administered by Russia and claimed by Japan, remains the primary sticking point to signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II hostilities; Japan and South Korea claim Liancourt Rocks (Take-shima/Tok-do) occupied by South Korea since 1954; China and Taiwan dispute both Japan's claims to the uninhabited islands of the Senkaku-shoto (Diaoyu Tai) and Japan's unilaterally declared exclusive economic zone in the East China Sea, the site of intensive hydrocarbon prospecting
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