My heart always feels like it Jen.
As Japan I like it when Russia invades. I strip Manchuria/Korea because if they invade I get extra money and if they dont invade I dont have to go back. The downside is, I eventually have to invade Russia.
I would much rather crush India like an over-ripe grape early in the game, knock out the Australians and worry about fleet for a few rounds, once I feel secure against America (assuming they sent anything towards Europe so I have a chance to feel secure - in alpha 2 -) then I can dump 50 IPC a round into China/Russia.
So far, in Alpha 3, it seems I don’t have to worry too much about America, they are hobbled pretty well with the loss of an NO in the Pacific. Could be better, but at least now my opponents are investing in the Atlantic, at least a little.