I’m not so sure the Jap navy gets trapped in the Med that easily. Then again, I am not familiar with how 1942 plays out in other peoples games. There are frustratingly few examples of a 1942 game to dissect here.
Japan needs to apply pressure against Russia, so they can flow forces North, South or Middle China.
The Northern route seems to hinder options.
Sitting large in Sin is better than in Yak I would think.
By the same token being large in Persia would be better. So maybe not right away, a bit tough to park early next to the Russian IC.
At some point, doesn’t Germany with help from Fortress Europe park a large force in WRu to force Russia to defend Rus or Cau?
At some point the Japs ought to be able to OWN the India to Trans-Jorden corridor no? Maybe deadzoning Persia for a bit, but it ought to be easy to control the suez and deadzoning Lib.
Tanks sitting in TrJ, a transport or two in Sz34 combined with lots of air in WEu ought to make Lib a dangerous place to sit in force as the allies. The control ought to be so complete as to eliminate the need for a Jap navy parked in the Med.
Of course just when you think you have it all figured out, you get clobbered out of left field…… Didn’t see that coming!