The thing to know is that it is easy for Japan to focus on India and avoid the temptation to take Hawaii as Japan.
Use the alternate set-up. But otherwise just play OOB.
If you got the cherry red Japan pieces you owe yourself at least one game with the prettiest of all the A&A sets. The graphic design aesthetic on that set just 'works' on so many levels.
Yes I was lucky and I have cheery red Japanese soldiers (And I love them! I wish I could get enough plus mechinfs, cruisers and t.bombers to implement them in Global40)
Once you've gotten good at playing Japan, you may find it too easy to win. In such case, play to 24 victory points rather than 22.
Thanks! I will definitely up the VP at 24 after we get more experienced with this game, thanks for the advice!