Up untill now I have been a staunch builder of transports for Japan. However After studying the map (2nd Ed) I realised that a IC in India or French Indo China- Burma might allow certain possibilities.
Assume a fairly normal game so far using Russia restricted and/or a 20-25 bid for axis.
Russia Builds huge infantry reserves and bulds a wall of infa across asia blocking any rapid JAP advance.
Germany bombs UK fleets and starts Africa creep with 1-2 INF and a FTR
UK bombs German fleet and starts bulding TRNS
US start building Atlantic fleet for Overlord or Torch landings
German expansion will come to a stop quickly as all three allied powers can concentrate on it. It is up to Japan to turn the tables by gaining territories and income as quickly as possible
Now an IC in French Indo China-Burma may allow Jap to quickly pick up large amounts of money in previously safe areas.
JAP Turn 1[
Pull the INf from Kwang into Burma to help defend, also bring across the inf from phillipines. In addition to any INF placed as part of the bid process you could end up with 8-10 INF + 1-2 FTRs / +BMR in Burma on J-T1.
Also if allies are weak then India/China/Sianking could be attacked on T1.
The Northern flank will be left deliberately weak to draw Allied forces into the coastal areas where they can be hit by Jap Battleships and fresh reserves from TRNS from Japan. So any Russian / US advance into Manch/Kwang will be immediately countered with a double /triple landing all along the East coast
T1 Japan builds IC (Burma) and 3 INF JAP (or TRN)
[color=Red]JAP Turn 2
Concentrate on the India/China/Sianking triangle and build 1 Arm, 2 INF, 1 TRN in Burma, 2-3 INF in JAP. By pooling the inf into Burma the allies will be faced with either pulling back or being smashed by 10 INF + FTRS
Also counter any allied push into MANCH,
JAP Turn 3
Japan can now do a Southern Asia creep or push into Russia or launch other attacks. The 2 trns can scoot back to Japan to pick up INF and dump into MANCH or pick up INF from BURMA or the any of the Islands to drop into undefended UK territories. eg
1. Push infantry /armour through Syria into Egypt
2. Use a transport to get to Madagascar
3. Use a transport to get to Australia
4. Use a transport to shift troops quickly into South Africa.
By turn 3-4 Jap should be able to gain the following territories
INDIA 3 IPC
CHINA 2 IPC
SIANKING 2 IPC
SYRIA 2 IPC
MADAGASCAR 1 IPC
AUS or NZ 1-3 IPC
EGYPT 2 IPC
Total 15 IPCs
This would put their production to 40 IPC at which point they would be ready to link up with a German advance on russia
What do you think?