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Title: Tired of KJF
Post by: Cmdr Jennifer on April 28, 2007, 08:52:26 am
Okay, I'm tired of losing 90% of the time another player uses KJF tactics on me.  Admittedly the last loss was because my 134 offensive punch got 1 hit while his defense was average and that was followed by a retreat, counter attack where he got 100% accuracy sinking the remnants of the fleet in one round.  And while I think that might work, I think it was more of a "I knew it was comming and planned for it." 

So, without going into details of what I did, I went for 20% army, 80% navy in that game.  Mainly because Germany was 100% against Russia leaving W. Europe, S. Europe and Balkans empty on Rounds 1 - 4 so I could put maximum pressure on Moscow.


With that out of the way, who has a good, strong, KJF defense?


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on April 28, 2007, 10:37:46 am
Dont attack pearl

Build IC on on Fic or Kwa (depending on what UK does)

Kill as many lonely sea units with your air force.

Kill the Russian stack on Bry

Smash Chi

Build 2 trn on Z60 where most of your forces are (always get an extra ipc from bid)



After that, dont try to go for the US until he gets close to orange territories (so he cant hit you with his new builds from Wus)

Build inf on the mainland (later on get an extra IC on Man, Fic or Kwa (whichever one is free)

Evacuate islands close to shore to strengthen your mainland position (esp if hes playing asia wall). You can easily match the ipcs lost in the pacific with money from the mainland.

Match the US builds with subs and if they get too heavy an AC with your 2 extra ftrs

Remember that you have to deal the blow to the US pacific fleet, dont let him attack you when they have better odds.



With Germany take Africa with minimal units

Go for Russia with inf and arm units (and of course air). Art is a waste of money.

Fly fighters to help Japan if you really need them.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Emperor Mollari on April 28, 2007, 11:12:04 am
Not attacking pearl is a recipe for disaster.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: U-505 on April 28, 2007, 11:17:54 am
That is why I always give Japan 2 IPC's from the bid. So I can build 4 TP on J1. There is no reason to build an IC when Japan will be hard pressed to place 8 units out of Japan until you are making at least 40 IPC's. The extra TP's can be used to evacuate some or all of the islands before the US gets rolling.

And hit sz52 with 1 BB, 1 CV, 3 fig, 1 DD and the sz45 sub if it survives. And take the third fighter as your first loss. It still baffles me why people insist on going into sz52 without maximum force when one bad round can immediately put Japan behind the 8-ball. With 1 BB, 1 CV, 1 DD, 2 fig in sz52 the odds are greatly in Japan's favor against a US counterattack. Let the Allied players gamble against Japan. And if the UK player attacks the sub with the sz35 fig and lands it on the US CV add the bomber to the attack and take it as your second casualty.

Japan's navy can also be split up as long as your entire navy stays within range of both sz60 and the Solomans.

As far as I'm concerned the Allies need a lot of help to make a KJF work. Just don't give them any of that help.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on April 28, 2007, 01:30:31 pm
Not attacking pearl is a recipe for disaster.

Leaving the mainland is a recipe for disaster.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on April 28, 2007, 01:38:44 pm
Dont go all out for Russia early, because you wont make it. You need a good wall of inf and half as many arm. Once you have that, you are sure to take Russia.

Also dont give the UK Weu or Eeu, you will feel those 12 ipcs (plus Nwy which you must give) on Russian soil.   


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Bunnies P Wrath on April 28, 2007, 02:41:15 pm
Okay, I'm tired of losing 90% of the time another player uses KJF tactics on me.  Admittedly the last loss was because my 134 offensive punch got 1 hit while his defense was average and that was followed by a retreat, counter attack where he got 100% accuracy sinking the remnants of the fleet in one round.  And while I think that might work, I think it was more of a "I knew it was comming and planned for it." 

So, without going into details of what I did, I went for 20% army, 80% navy in that game.  Mainly because Germany was 100% against Russia leaving W. Europe, S. Europe and Balkans empty on Rounds 1 - 4 so I could put maximum pressure on Moscow.


With that out of the way, who has a good, strong, KJF defense?

There are different flavors of KJF, so there have to be different flavors of KJF defense.

Note to jsp4563; I think ezto's flavor of KJF defense is decent.  I think that what ezto was thinking about was the KJF variety in which the Russians put 6 inf on Burytia, and the UK splits its India fleet to attack the Japanese Kwangtung transport, destroy the Japanese sub at Solomon Islands with UK destroyer and transport, and land UK fighter in Africa after retaking Anglo-Egypt.

That is to say, at the end of J1, the UK has a carrier running away; the UK transport and destroyer in the Indian Ocean are destroyed, Japan killed 6 Russian infantry at Burytia, probably only losing 2 infantry in return, Japan took control of China, US has no offensive units in the Pacific capable of immediately attacking Japan.  US should probably build 1 trns 1 sub 1 AC 1 fighter for US fleet at Western US for US fleet at end of US1 of 2 trn, 2 sub, 1 destr, 2 AC, 4 fighter, 1 battleship, but if that fleet sails into the Pacific on US2, that fleet still won't be in position to threaten any major Japanese islands until US3; even if the US fleet advances, the Japanese will still have their own large navy to fend off the US navy; in the meantime, there's nothing to slow the Japanese attack in Asia.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Nix on April 29, 2007, 12:56:49 am
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Not attacking pearl is a recipe for disaster.


QFT


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Emperor Mollari on April 29, 2007, 08:03:34 am
...for US fleet at end of US1 of 2 trn, 2 sub, 1 destr, 2 AC, 4 fighter, 1 battleship, but if that fleet sails into the Pacific on US2, that fleet still won't be in position to threaten any major Japanese islands until US3; even if the US fleet advances, the Japanese will still have their own large navy to fend off the US navy; in the meantime, there's nothing to slow the Japanese attack in Asia.

As Japan, I'd hate to have that fleet in my backyard.  And if the US moves that fleet to solomons on US2, a japanese attack on it would result in near anhilation of the Japanese fleet and airforce.  Japan needs those assets for it's asian strategy, the US can afford to lose the entire fleet without any real consequences.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on April 29, 2007, 08:08:56 am
Thats why you dont attack the US fleet on the Solomons.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Axis4life on April 29, 2007, 09:43:30 am
While I have had some success not attacking Pearl, in an all out KJF I think you may be better off hitting Pearl and hitting it hard.  If you go heavy it deters a US Counterstrike on US1.  If the US does counter attack they will be left with little to no units.  Japan still has the East Indies fleet and the US (if they countered) would have no capital ships. Advantage Japan.  I also don't like the idea of just leaving the US an AC, make pay for it if they want to build a fleet.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Emperor Mollari on April 29, 2007, 10:38:06 am
Thats why you dont attack the US fleet on the Solomons.

and if you don't the us will be landing in E. Indies.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on April 29, 2007, 03:52:49 pm
Then move to Fic and feed your navy some subs from the Fic IC.

Dont worry about you islands so much, you can regain those ipcs on the mainland.

The more you play cat and mouse on the pacific, the better for the Axis.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ncscswitch on April 29, 2007, 05:47:27 pm
How about a "Frack with Japan" strat...
India fleet to SZ59 (killing the TRN)
India + FIG takes out FIC (killing a FIG)
SZ40 to SZ45 to try to take out the SUB.

Japan has a choice to make...
Pearl or SZ59.  Doing both leaves Japan minus their fleet and AF.

In my current game, Japan chose SZ59 to kill...
And USA is in the process of destroying the SZ60 fleet as we speak, with a landing in Solomons with the BB/TRN defended by the UK SUB and TRN...
Japan only collected $29 last turn (onyl gained China, still down FIC). and they are at grave risk of being down to 2 BB, 1 DST, 1 TRN for a fleet, and half their AF dead as well...


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on April 29, 2007, 07:30:53 pm
3 inf, 1 ftr from india is ot a sure win against Fic


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ncscswitch on April 29, 2007, 08:29:32 pm
3 inf, 1 ftr from india is ot a sure win against Fic

True, only 50/50 to TAKE FIC.

But it is 3 in 5 for killing all of the Japan forces there, including a FIG, which secures india another round AND reduces the forces available for China.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: axis_roll on May 01, 2007, 01:26:49 pm
With that out of the way, who has a good, strong, KJF defense?
can you give Japan some of the bid?

Not sure your bid amount.....

Also, I would stress to be very safe with your units in Asia
Move in large stacks, this way you will not be picked apart.

Extreme conservatism should keep Japan alive long enough for Germany to take advantage of no US pressure from the west.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Hauptmann-Jager on May 01, 2007, 02:07:18 pm
How about a "Frack with Japan" strat...
India fleet to SZ59 (killing the TRN)
India + FIG takes out FIC (killing a FIG)
SZ40 to SZ45 to try to take out the SUB.

Japan has a choice to make...
Pearl or SZ59.  Doing both leaves Japan minus their fleet and AF.

Couldn't Japan just do a pearl light? Really light: 1 des, 2 fig, 1 bom (assuming sub is sunk, other wise he'd join). Assuming they they lose a Des and a fig then send in 1AC, 1 BB, 1trn, 2 fig to SZ59 where they'll pry lose 1 fig and 1trn. The SZ60 BB could join a battle but I assumed he'd hang with the carrier at wake to protect it from a counter. I suppose including the FIC you're out 3 fig, but you did manage to take out both fleets and only lose 2fig, 1trn and 1des and pry expecting to lose the des and fig anyways.

Though I will admit if one of the battles goes against them they will be hurting.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ncscswitch on May 01, 2007, 02:15:11 pm
And you are still down economy, and have achieved nothing extra in terms of destroying Allied forces in Asia, just the same kills that are usually made.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Hauptmann-Jager on May 01, 2007, 02:36:13 pm
And you are still down economy, and have achieved nothing extra in terms of destroying Allied forces in Asia, just the same kills that are usually made.

I agree. In fact, I very much like this move you made and will probably try it out very soon!!! :evil:

However, I was just saying that you can hit both fleets successfully and have a minor air force.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: U-505 on May 01, 2007, 03:12:09 pm
3 inf, 1 ftr from india is ot a sure win against Fic

True, only 50/50 to TAKE FIC.

But it is 3 in 5 for killing all of the Japan forces there, including a FIG, which secures india another round AND reduces the forces available for China.


C'mon Switch. That is a huge gamble. The average result is a cleared territory which means the UK fighter dies with the Japanese fighter. What's left after that, 2 inf, 1 AA in the middle east and no Egypt counterattack. That's a big gift to be giving Germany if it goes average.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: JWW on May 01, 2007, 03:48:10 pm
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C'mon Switch. That is a huge gamble. The average result is a cleared territory which means the UK fighter dies with the Japanese fighter. What's left after that, 2 inf, 1 AA in the middle east and no Egypt counterattack. That's a big gift to be giving Germany if it goes average.
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Agreed. It is not worth the risk.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ncscswitch on May 01, 2007, 05:58:03 pm
Even if you just clear the territory, Japan can;t follow up and capitalize and take India on J1 since they lack manpower in FIC (and the SZ59 TRN is dead).  So, while UK may not re-take Egypt, they keep India (which you basically surrender on an India counter).

You still damage the Japan Navy with your UK fleet, sinking a ship, maybe two depending on how many BB's are brought to SZ59
You still bleed off forces from Pearl, increasing the casualties there
And you bleed off/kill FIGs increasing casualty rates for China on J1, and for future battles due to lost airpower (from the FIC attack, and then from attacks in SZ59 and Pearl)

If it goes terribly wrong, what have you lost as UK?  You are gambling on nearly equal forces, and can ALWAYS RETREAT if round 1 dice go wrong (you CAN'T lose the UK FIG on the first round, even with the worst possible dice).


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ezto on May 01, 2007, 06:43:30 pm
I like that there are alternates out there. Im getting tired of the same ���� over and over.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: AJ on May 01, 2007, 06:45:57 pm
I like that there are alternates out there. Im getting tired of the same sh*t over and over.
Yeah I was about to say that I definently want to try some of this stuff out to make a different game. UK basically can sacrifice it's stuff around Japan because who actually counts on keeping that for long anyway


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: U-505 on May 02, 2007, 12:03:58 pm
Even if you just clear the territory, Japan can;t follow up and capitalize and take India on J1 since they lack manpower in FIC (and the SZ59 TRN is dead).  So, while UK may not re-take Egypt, they keep India (which you basically surrender on an India counter).

You still damage the Japan Navy with your UK fleet, sinking a ship, maybe two depending on how many BB's are brought to SZ59
You still bleed off forces from Pearl, increasing the casualties there
And you bleed off/kill FIGs increasing casualty rates for China on J1, and for future battles due to lost airpower (from the FIC attack, and then from attacks in SZ59 and Pearl)

If it goes terribly wrong, what have you lost as UK?  You are gambling on nearly equal forces, and can ALWAYS RETREAT if round 1 dice go wrong (you CAN'T lose the UK FIG on the first round, even with the worst possible dice).

Giving Germany a free armor blitz through Africa is far more damaging than keeping India for a few extra turns.

And I never bleed off forces that are going to sz52. Either I go in with overwhelming force or I don't go in. Gambling with Japans navy is a sure way to get beaten.

And if it comes down to having to split my forces to attack sz52, sz59, and China, I will attack sz52 and only make one of the two other attacks, usually sz59. Eliminating the UK naval threat allows Japan to focus their entire navy on the US and it doesn't hurt my feelings to let the China fighter survive because the US/UK forces in Asia are limited and Russia will have a hard time reinforcing Asia with Germany sending 40+ IPC's worth of units at them every turn.

If you aren't going to counterattack Egypt with the UK fighter then you would probably be better off using it to help attack the Japanese sub and then adding it to the US forces in sz52. At least that way, you give the US better odds with a counterattack in sz52 on their turn or even preserve that fleet entirely if Japan decides against attacking it.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Bunnies P Wrath on May 02, 2007, 03:20:17 pm
Even if you just clear the territory, Japan can;t follow up and capitalize and take India on J1 since they lack manpower in FIC (and the SZ59 TRN is dead).  So, while UK may not re-take Egypt, they keep India (which you basically surrender on an India counter).

You still damage the Japan Navy with your UK fleet, sinking a ship, maybe two depending on how many BB's are brought to SZ59
You still bleed off forces from Pearl, increasing the casualties there
And you bleed off/kill FIGs increasing casualty rates for China on J1, and for future battles due to lost airpower (from the FIC attack, and then from attacks in SZ59 and Pearl)

If it goes terribly wrong, what have you lost as UK?  You are gambling on nearly equal forces, and can ALWAYS RETREAT if round 1 dice go wrong (you CAN'T lose the UK FIG on the first round, even with the worst possible dice).

Giving Germany a free armor blitz through Africa is far more damaging than keeping India for a few extra turns.

And I never bleed off forces that are going to sz52. Either I go in with overwhelming force or I don't go in. Gambling with Japans navy is a sure way to get beaten.

And if it comes down to having to split my forces to attack sz52, sz59, and China, I will attack sz52 and only make one of the two other attacks, usually sz59. Eliminating the UK naval threat allows Japan to focus their entire navy on the US and it doesn't hurt my feelings to let the China fighter survive because the US/UK forces in Asia are limited and Russia will have a hard time reinforcing Asia with Germany sending 40+ IPC's worth of units at them every turn.

If you aren't going to counterattack Egypt with the UK fighter then you would probably be better off using it to help attack the Japanese sub and then adding it to the US forces in sz52. At least that way, you give the US better odds with a counterattack in sz52 on their turn or even preserve that fleet entirely if Japan decides against attacking it.

I generally agree with U-505, but I generally prefer to kill off China because of the possibility of US industrial complex in Ssinkiang with 4 inf and 1 fighter to start is inconvenient for Japan, particularly if there's an IC in India as well.  Sometimes, the UK player will fly the bomber east, and threaten the sea zone east of Japan; in that case, I think I would also attack the UK fleet.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ncscswitch on May 02, 2007, 03:39:30 pm
Not killing China on J1 dooms Japan to slow progress in Asia.
The US INF, and FIG, backed up by Russian forces allows a nasty 1-2 punch that makes Japan have to put forces into Manch, Kwang and FIC directed at the central avenue of attack instead of north or south.

It makes China a meat grinder for Japan that USA can afford to maintain, but Japan cannot (since their income starts low, and if they get bogged down fighting for China, they do not gain much income elsewhere)

Combine this with the aforementioned strong press in other areas (like an FIC strike and UK fleet stack) and Japan is going to be hurting for quite a few turns (it once took me 9 turns to breach a Sinkiang IC as Japan).  And the Allies can maintain a newar full pressure assault on Germany, weakened only by 1-2 Russian INF per turn (after the initial Eastern forces are depleted in 3 turns or so), and USA down 10 IPC (2 of which are "preserved" IPC's that are normally lost when Sinkiang falls, and 2 more are made from "trading" China, so ne4t cost to USA only 6 IPC per turn after the initial investment).



Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Wazzup on May 04, 2007, 12:09:47 pm
Simply not killing the fighter can cause major headaches.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Cmdr Jennifer on May 15, 2007, 12:16:39 pm
What Switch is describing is exactly the problem.  What I want to know is how to defeat it?  I can set it up, I've done so numerous times. (And yes, to prevent you almost have to give Jpn 3 IPC to put an infantry in FIC)



Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: DarthMaximus on May 15, 2007, 01:10:28 pm
Play strong with Germany.

I wouldn't be to worried about the FIC attack, IMO it isn't that great of an option.  I have seen Japan get absolutely hammered trying to take China (2 inf, 1 ftr) with 6-7 inf, 2 ftrs, where Japan can lose 4-5 inf easy.  I'm simply not worried about 3 inf, 1 ftr vs. 2 inf 1 ftr, not in ADS.

The only must attacks for Japan are China and Pearl.  Buy trns (possibly a DD pending UK fleet position) and ignore what happen in Fic.  You can probably attack Sz 59 too depending on what is there, but I'd rather hit Pearl if I had to choose one or the other.

If you get a 9 bid you can go 2 inf Lib, 1 Fic and solve the problem right there.

If you are only bidding to Lib, that is still okay just make sure you buy only land for Germany and include tanks.  Pending Russia's attacks you might be able to go 5 inf, 5 arm (I perfer 10-2) but you need to have enough armor so you can move everything to Ukr on G2 and hold.  All armor should be in EE at the end of G1.
With the Afr bid UK/US still need to go to Afr in either rd 1 or 2 or both and that gives you time to be aggressive in trying to hold Ukr.  Once you hold Ukr the Allies won't be able to pester Japan that much and pessure on them will quickly diminish.

My guess would be, if Germany comes out aggressive on G1 with a Inf/Tank buy then UK probably won't even mess with Japan since it is clear Germany is in position to capitalize (they'll also hold Egy strong).  Now that 50/50 battle in Fic doesn't look too good and UK is risking a lot should they get no hits and Japan scores 2.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Cmdr Jennifer on May 16, 2007, 01:13:08 pm
The major problem is that America outproduces Japan by SO MUCH that minimal forces from England and Russia can hamper Japan enough that Japan hasn't a prayer of surviving being reduced to only her main island.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: DarthMaximus on May 16, 2007, 01:56:22 pm
Try a 7 or 8 bid with Ger.  1 inf, 1 rt to Lib or 1 inf, 1 arm to Lib. 
I prefer the 8 bid.
G1 buy 10 inf, 2 arm (or some combination of inf-arm)

Now pending Russia's attack, if you assume Wrus/Ukr attack you can send the trn and BB and everything in Europe to possibly hold Ukr on G1, pending the Russia losses in Wrus and buy.  You can also still take Egy and the UK DD if you want to send ftrs.
Now all those Allied troops out East are out of position and more times than not UK will want to counter Egy, and if they don't you still have 2 tanks to blitz.  You can reinforce UKR on G2 with armor and ftrs and WE becomes expendable since you'll get Wrus or Cauc in another turn or two, if the US still focuses on Japan.

I perfer to wait on the Ukr move unless it is really clear to hold.  I'll still send the extra troops to Egy and have 1 inf, 3 arm left there.  G2 I take Trj and G3 I get the German Trn and BB into the Indian ocean and really wreak some havoc.
Yes Japan is weak, but Germany is a monster!
All Japan needs to do is turtle in Sz 60 or 61 (keeping fleet safe), have their IC on Man and Shuck troops to Asia that way.
You just have to be patient with Japan, while Germany gains the attention of the Allies. 

The aggressive German open should really prevent the Allies from focusing too much on Japan.  If not Germany may be able to take Cauc then Moscow.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Cmdr Jennifer on May 16, 2007, 04:44:06 pm
Oh, getting Germany out is not the problem.  But with no help from Japan and with the mainland Japanese territories gone and a Large American Fleet in the Pacific Germany's going to get stomped.


Honestly, against a KJF you almost need 24 IPC bid.  You need the extra destroyer and 2 infantry for Japan and 2 infantry for Germany in hopes of breaking even.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: DarthMaximus on May 16, 2007, 06:41:12 pm
Ya know, one the "fleet unification experts" might have an idea as well.

I mean an AC with 2-3 trns, might solve your problem.
I'm pretty sure the US has to go Atlantic in that case.

You might be able to take London otherwise.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Cmdr Jennifer on May 17, 2007, 11:23:04 am
I've tried an AC on Japan 2 with infantry to fill transports. And from that point on going 8 to 12 IPC of fleet.  Problem is, you are diverting more then enough at that point (just to keep America from taking out your Southern Islands) that Russia and England can walk over you.  And even if you can manage to keep them pushed into Novosibirsk, you only have 5 rounds before America has more then enough to obliterate you.

Meanwhile, England and Russia only have to keep Germany from taking all of Africa (easy) and from moving into Caucasus (easy).


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: rjclayton on May 17, 2007, 11:42:12 am
I would have thought that Germany would threaten Russia/England more if the US pressure was in the Pacific.  How is England even getting troops to Moscow?  Why isn't Germany cutting them off?  How is Russia able to push back hard against Japan in Novo?  How is it easy to keep Africa in Allied hands?  If England goes to Africa that pulls more troops from Europe giving Russia an even harder time containing Germany.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: ncscswitch on May 17, 2007, 02:53:45 pm
Jen, I think he meant GERMAN fleet builds.


Title: Re: Tired of KJF
Post by: Truant on May 18, 2007, 02:15:01 am
Hello there

New member on the forum, however I've been surfing around here for a few weeks and I'm gonna throw myself into the fray :)
I'm not saying "I know the perfect way" but would like to give you a few advices how to play a defensive ��� and what to think of when on a KJF hunt is coming.

What I first want to say is that our current group plays with no bids, no tech, no NA. Still have a few new players so bids are not needed (yet?).
I have a lot of games behind me, both old and revised.
A lot of this will contain "this gives this and that, all of it ofc changes depending on what the enemy buys/does" and I can't write all things that can happend and I won't, this will be a long post anyway :D

What I do as Japan is first of all, avoid pearl if england flies it's fighter there and you've lost the sub (I prefer pearl light), the 2 BB's are really needed when defending.
The key in my Japanese defensive is to build transports (3 first turn with a followup of INF+ART + ftr if I can afford since you only need to fill 3 Trn, the last one is down in the south taking inf from the southern islands).
Ofc you have to kill China...if you don't you ARE doomed, seen to many games with US pumping fighters/tanks in sinkiang.

So I prefer killing off the Brittish fleet and China, reinforce FIC from ��� and wait with Buy 1 turn (you get 3 TRN next turn that can massacre Buy)
Japan need to get going, but with a "slow-starter" you will get more troops (IC on mainland is a "fast starter") and you have time to react if they go all out KJF and adjust for defence instead of offense.

Now when US comes over the pacific there are a few very important things to remember.
1. If he goes for extra bomber+ftr he will be a monster in offense, however his defence is weaker.
2. If he goes for AC you must be prepared for a very strong US fleet and you must equid your carriers with ftr's.

Now the pacific is big, utilize SZ60 for naval defence if he goes wake island (to be able to use extra fighters) he won't go for east indies.
Use the fact ftr have 4 in movement (ftr on AC SZ60 has a range 3 inland, and therefore you can move that one in ashore while a fighter ashore also attacks and flies out to the AC. You still reach Yakut and China from Sz60 and ofc FIC, therefore 6 fighters can act both defence for SZ60 and land and still be attacking every round).
The bomber should be in Kwantung as much as possible, same here, it will be able to strike the importand islands and wake island seazone.
(remember this is a defending japan, and that is what you are doing on a KJF, because if japan grows outside Novo/China/india well...then you're not having a KJF).

What I want is the US fleet trading island in the southern pacific....why? because if the US moves his whole fleet to southern pacific he will be too far away to reinforce it from US and with 3 transports, 2 BB and 2 AC you can take 7 hits before even loosing attackpower (yes I mean you should sacrifice AC's when it comes to a naval clash everything is about sinking US BB's while keeping yours).
If he only uses TRN for taking you island, use ftr to sink the trn, 1TRN to retake the island with the help of a bomber from mainland.
A lot of people are obsessed with "taking IPC's" but trading a 3 IPC island 3 moves away from your factory while the enemy has 1 move....that is not a good thing to do, because japan can easily get more land troops. US cannot.
Japan only needs 1 transport to retake islands, US need loads of transports to threaten japan.
And after 1 switch you have 1 INF (hopefully 2) on the island and suddenly US must dedicate more than "just 1 TRN" to take the island.

The biggest problem comes to....when should you attack the US fleet?
that depends way to much on how the US fleet looks like, I prefer boxing Japan and if I feel too threatened I go 1 round of only making 1DD + 2 Sub

So to sum up:
Kill off the brits so you only have to worry about 1 fleet.
Gather up you BB's with extra TRN for superb defence.
Reinforce fleet with 1 ship / round if they are going KJF. (you can still afford 3-4 INF and 1-2 ART units to ship ashore)
If you are being reduced to 1 TRN, make that ship a TRN, if not build a sub, US really hates when he only has his trn+BB to choose what will die. If you feel rich make a DD

Japan will probably not grow, but that means that Germany can take Africa and more important put pressure on Rus. Important here is that I usually make a TRN buy for Baltic and then a DD on G2 to secure Baltic and simply hammer any brittish fleet trying to take Norway/WE, utilize your luftwaffe and you are secure.
(with 2 TRN in Baltic and 1 in Meditteranian sea you can send 6 INF/ART to the front each turn making a 4 INF 2 ART 4 ARM i very solid build for smashing Russia fast).
(When US goes pacific you simply sacrifice 1-2 planes to take out the american fleet if he tries going for africa).

I don't know how your US are doing the KJF, I'm really interested in the US1-2 Buy.
A smart american buys a strike force US1-2 and skip transports to simply eliminate the ��� fleet and THEN start invading with TRN.
However most players buy Transports + INF to have with them in the 1st attack....which means the US fleet ain't as strong as it could be. How does it look for you?