Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Tokyo

U.S. military forces stationed in Japan.
Okinawa, Japan

1904-1905 Russo Japanese War
Japanese invasion and occupation of Manchuria, China.
07 December 1941- The Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii causes the U.S. to enter the side of the allies during World War 2.

Japan is only allowed to only possess defensive weapons. No Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM), strategic bomber aircraft, or attack aircraft carriers are permitted.

A self imposed ban on the export of Japanese weapons has been relaxed by the government of Japan allowing for the export of certain weapons to friendly nations.

Space Program
Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency 
HTV3 cargo spacecraft

Japanese Self Defense Forces
247,746 personnel
57,000 reserve personnel

Air Force
Japan Air Self Defense Force
45,000 personnel
805 aircraft

Prototype ATD-X Shin Shin fighter aircraft in development.
Prototype TACOM air launched unmanned aerial vehicle in development.

F-35A fighter aircraft
Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft. Based upon the F-16 fighter jet. (77)

F-15J fighter aircraft (157)
F-15DJ fighter aircraft (45)

F-4EJ fighter aircraft (91)

E-767 Airborne Early Warning & Control (4)

E-2C Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning (13)

Kawasaki EC-1 electronic warfare aircraft. Modified C-1. (1)
Kawasaki C-1 transport aircraft (25)
C-130 transport aircraft (15)
NAMC YS-11 transport aircraft (13)
KC-767J refueling aircraft (4)
RF-4E/EJ reconnaissance aircraft. Reconnaissance version of the F-4. (26)
BAe 125 aircraft used for Search and Rescue (32)
Kawasaki T-4 trainer aircraft (203)
Fuji T-7 trainer aircraft (48)

Hawker 400 aircraft (14)
CH-47J transport helicopters (15)
H-60 helicopters used for Search and Rescue (32)

AAM-3 (Type 90) air-to-air missiles
AAM-4 (Type 99) air-to-air missiles

AAM-5 (Type 04) air-to-air missiles
AIM-7 air-to-air missiles
AIM-9 air-to-air missiles
ASM-1 (Type 80) air launched anti-ship missiles on F-1, F-4EJ Kai, and F-2 fighter jets.
ASM-2 (Type 93) air launched anti-ship missiles

Fuji TACOM air launched drone. Under development.

Air Defense
MIM-104 Patriot (PAC-3) surface-to-air missiles
Type 81 (Tan SAM) surface-to-air missiles. Four missiles on a 6x6 wheeled truck.
Type 91 surface-to-air missiles

M167 Vulcan Air Defense System

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
46,000 personnel
JDS or JS prefix to ship names

Helicopter Carriers (classified as Helicopter Destroyers)-4
DDH183 Izumo (Izumo Class)
DDH184 Kaga (Izumo Class)
DDH182 Ise (Hyuga Class)
DDH181 Hyuga (Hyuga Class)


The Shirane Class Helicopter Destroyers have been retired from service.

Cruisers (26) Classified as Destroyers by Japan.
Frigates (10) Classified as Destroyers by Japan.

Light Frigates or Destroyer Escorts (6)

Submarines (22)
            Soryu Class diesel electric attack submarines-11
            Oyashio Class diesel electric attack submarines-11

Mine Warfare vessels (24)

Landing Ships (5)

Hovercraft (6)

Patrol Ships (6)

Aegis anti-ballistic missile systems on Kongo Class destroyers
Hyuga Class Helicopter Carriers (called Helicopter Destroyers by Japan)
Harpoon anti-ship missiles (to be replaced by the SSM-1B)
Type 93 (ASM-2) air launched anti-ship missiles
Type 91 (ASM-1C) air launched anti-ship missiles on P-3 Orion and Kawasaki P-1 aircraft
Type 90 (SSM-1B) ship launched anti-ship missiles

Naval Aviation
P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (102)

Learjet 35 utility aircraft (4)
Beechcraft King Air aircraft (31)
NAMC YS-11 utility aircraft(10)
Fuji T-5 trainer aircraft (35)
ShinMaywa US-1 Rescue flying boat (4)
ShinMaywa US-2 Rescue flying boat (3)

Agusta Westland AW101 helicopters (5)
SH-60 helicopters (131)
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters (19)
CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters used for mine sweeping (10)
Eurocopter EC135 helicopters (5)
MD 500 helicopters (9)

Special Boarding Unit (SBU)
Maritime Interception Team (MIT)

Japan Ground Self Defense Force

Airborne Brigade

Type 90 tanks with 120mm gun (341)

Type 74 tanks with 105mm gun (561)

Type 10 tanks with 120mm gun (103)

Type 16 tank destroyer with 105mm gun (69)

Type 89 infantry fighting vehicles. Tracked (69)

Type 96 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carriers (322)

Type 73 armored personnel carriers (340)

Type 82 Command and Communication vehicles (250)
Type 87 Reconnaissance and Warning vehicles (100)

Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles

Komatsu Light Armored Vehicles (1,524)

Toyota Mega Cruiser or High Mobility Vehicle (Japanese HMMWV copy)

M270 MLRS multiple rocket launchers (90)

Type 92 Mine Clearing Vehicle. Equipped with two mine clearing  rockets.

Type 99 self propelled 155mm howitzers (87)

Type 75 self propelled 155mm howitzers (140)

M110 self propelled howitzers (90)
FH-70 towed 155mm howitzers

Type 96 120mm mortars (Japanese made)
RT 120mm mortars (French made)
M2 107mm mortars
Type 64 81mm mortars (Japanese made)
L16 81mm mortars

Type 01 Light Anti-Tank Missiles. Shoulder fired.

Type 64 MAT (KAM-3) wire guided anti-tank guided missiles.

Type 79 Jyu-MAT (KAM-9) Guided Anti-Landing Craft and Anti-Tank missiles

Type 87 Chu-MAT laser guided anti-tank missiles

Type 88 (SSM-1) Surface-to-Ship missiles. Launched from 6x6 wheeled trucks. 6 tubes. Improved version of the ASM-1.

Type 96 Multi-Purpose Missile System- Can be used against tanks, enemy landing craft, and low flying helicopters. 6 missiles. 4X4 wheeled utility vehicle.

Middle Range Multi-Purpose Missile (Chk-MPM)-Smaller, less expensive version of the Type 96 MPMS. 4X4 wheeled utility vehicle. Six missiles? Missiles smaller than Type 96 MPMS?

Nissan/IHI Aerospace 110mm LAM (Panzerfaust 3)

Howa 84mm recoilless rifle (Carl Gustav)


Howa Type 96 40mm automatic grenade launchers
Type 06 rifle grenades

Sumitomo M2 .50 cal machine guns (Browning M2)
NTK/Sumitomo machine guns
Sumitomo 5.56mm machine guns (FN Minimi)
M24 sniper rifles

Howa Type 89 assault rifles 5.56mm

Howa Type 64 assault rifles 7.62x51mm

M4 carbine
Minebea 9mm machine pistol (PM-9)
SCK/Minebea 9mm pistols (SIG P220)

Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade
Part of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force
AAV-7 armored amphibious vehicles (30)
Komatsu LAV

Air Defense
Improved HAWK surface-to-air missiles
Type 03 (Chu-SAM or SAM 4) medium range surface-to-air missiles. 8X8 wheeled Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicles.

Type 81 (Tan-SAM) short range surface-to-air missiles
Type 93 short range surface-to-air missiles. On 4x4 wheeled utility vehicles. Nicknamed the “Closed Arrow” in Japan.

Type 91 shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles. Looks similar to the FIM-92 Stinger.
FIM-92 Stinger shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
Type 87 self propelled anti-aircraft guns with twin 35mm auto-cannons. Look similar to the Gepard. (41)

Army Aviation

AH-64 Apache attack helicopters (10)

Kawasaki OH-1 scout/attack helicopters (34)

Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters (84)

MD 500 scout helicopters (111)
CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters (54)
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters (29)

Bell UH-1 utility helicopters (146)

Beechcraft Super King Air utility aircraft (6)
Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft used for liaison (5)

Fuji FFOS unmanned observation helicopter.

Yamaha RMAX unmanned observation helicopter

Japanese Special Forces

Central Readiness Force
Japanese Special Forces Group
1st Airborne Brigade
1st Helicopter Brigade

Western Army Infantry Regiment?


Military Intelligence


Japanese Self Defense Force pictures


Imabari Shipbuilding
Japan Marine United Corporation 

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