The 10 Most Powerful Militaries in the World

10. Japan

With China’s continued rise as a global superpower, other Asian nations have upped their national budgets on military spending. Historically being an enemy of China, the Japanese remain wary of the massive military expansion and financial and territorial initiatives China has been undertaking. As 10th on this list, Japan boasts an active military force of nearly 248,000 people, with a further 50,000 plus in reservists. A defense budget of roughly $50 billion has also allowed Japan to build an impressive air force and navy, boasting over 1,595 total aircraft and 130 war ships. While Japan’s military is not massive, nor its budget exorbitant, Japan maintains a solid military presence in Asia via the country’s recent defense initiatives aimed at safeguarding traditional Japanese spheres of influence.
10. Japan