Japan Basic Strategies, Concepts and Ideas

  • '18 '17 '16 '11 Moderator

    I am leaning more and more towards Japan going into Pacific turtle mode and throwing tanks into Asia.

    I think I’d normaly still hit Kwangtung, Hupeh, Suiyuan, Yunnan, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines, SZ 53, SZ 35, SZ 56 (might drop this from the list) and SZ 50 on the first round.

    From here a strike on Australia would be good showmanship (kills a British NO and gives Japan one) after that, it’s racing back to SZ 51 with everything, maybe SZ 62 and going all out tank war into Asia Minor.


  • going all out tank war into Asia Minor.

    back to square one huh? some strategy… :|


  • @a44bigdog:

    Where should Japan position the sea zone 57 carriers and why?

    I like to position the sea zone 57 carriers in 51. This allows the aircraft on them to take down Australia on J2. Even if the US Flies the Hawaii fighter and the sea zone 44 fighter to Australia these fighters with the sea zone 37 fighters (from sea zone 35 attack) will be enough to take Australia. I will also sacrifice fighters to take Australia if necessary for 3 reasons. 1.) It is a 5 IPC NO so 2 rounds of the NO will replace a fighter. 2.) It removes the UK NO whether Egypt falls or is liberated. 3.) It is a good ways from Japan to Australia so I think it is best to get the job done from the start rather than have to try and come back latter.

    @a44bigdog:

    When do you build an IC, where do you put and why then and there?

    I build a Japanese IC turn 1 and save 2 IPCs. This allows my carriers to be off projecting power and not at home protecting transports. On turn 2 I can produce with this IC the 1 or 2 transports I need to start emptying Japan into sea zone 61 so that the transports are again safe from American air. On turn two either the sea zone 37 carrier or one of the sea zone 51 carriers can move to sea zone 61 to join with these transports. I build a second IC in Manchuria on either turn 2 or 3 depending on what the Russians have done. Remember Russia can only liberate Chinese territories, Russia itself can gain no benefit from them. Any Russian force that comes south from Buryatia can be dealt with at my choosing. My primary immediate goal in Asia is to eliminate the ability of China to produce infantry by the end of J2. Remember Chinese infantry are free. All others have to be paid for and shipped to Asia.

    @a44bigdog:

    What are your responses to US naval builds and why?

    I have been counter building against the US navy once they start to match my fleet in size. I am beginning to think this is no longer entirely necessary or even the best course of action.
    One mus task oneself what are Japan’s goals, and are my actions contributing towards those goals. I think America makes too much money for Japan to take down in AA50. So that basically leaves Russia. With that in mind I am thinking Japan should do as Jenn stated after the initial land and money grabs in the Pacific. Pull the fleet back to Japan and start dumping 8 units a turn out of Japan and 5 Armor a turn from the 2 ICs. The transports at Australia and New Guinea at the end of J2 can be used to grab remaining money islands without being protected. They are too far from Japan to return home in much time to be of much use and the money they earn through captured can go to their replacements if any such are even needed.


  • Has anyone ever had the UK send there destroyer to SZ 48 to block forcing Japan to choose between India and Australia?  Would it slow you down in the Pacific? Also, how likely would you be to strike the US carrier/ destroyer if they took position in SZ 46 or 53 assuming a large US naval purchase? Would you be more likely to attack them if they also landed there two bombers on the respective islands?


  • Has anyone ever had the UK send there destroyer to SZ 48 to block forcing Japan to choose between India and Australia?  Would it slow you down in the Pacific?

    No, and i would not recommend it, as it would remove a threat to the 4 IPC islands from the area. and a destroyer is not exactly block for the japanese ambition for australia. Better to keep the transport out of combat range but make sure the japanese has to keep ships / aircraft in the area.

    Also, how likely would you be to strike the US carrier/ destroyer if they took position in SZ 46 or 53 assuming a large US naval purchase? Would you be more likely to attack them if they also landed there two bombers on the respective islands?

    Thats a more difficult question. First, from japanese view i like the american to build ships, as it takes up large amounts of IPCs and does not directly threaten the mainland or fleets, as they require time to utilize. It also frees up the german. On the other hand, if no measures are to be taken to deal with it, it will become a problem earlier or later. Therefore I suggest the following: If the american only builds a token force, attack it and free up your IPCs for a land campaign; if the american goes all out fleet, reinforce yours so that the american has to build another round. Then decide how to deal with it accordingly.

  • '18 '17 '16 '11 Moderator

    @Heavy:

    going all out tank war into Asia Minor.

    back to square one huh? some strategy… :|

    Not really, since what I am talking about is grabbing what you can in the first two rounds then Turtling Japan while sending in everything you can to help beat down Russia faster.

    Of course, with my current German opening, that might be a moot issue.


  • fast way to russia for japan is india

    BUY:

    1 bmb, 1 arm

    CM:

    sz57 4ftr to sz53 1BB
    sz61 2ftr to sz35 1DD, 1TN
    sz61 1BB, 1CA and sz51 1DD to sz50 1DD, 1TN

    sz61 1TN(2inf) to sz49 take Borneo
    sz51 1TN(2inf from Carolines) to sz38 take East Indies
    sz51 1TN(1inf from Carolines) to sz48 take New Guinea

    Kwangtung 1inf
    -sz62 1TN(inf/arm from Japan) to sz61 assault
    -1ftr Formosa

    Burma 1inf
    -sz61 1TN(inf/art) to sz37  assault
    -3inf FIC

    Suyian 1inf
    -3inf, 1ftr Manchuria

    Fukien 1inf

    • 3inf Kiangsu, 1ftr Japan

    NCM:

    sz61 1CV, sz35 2ftr to sz37
    sz57 2CV, sz53 4ftr to sz51
    3ftr(Suyian, Fukien, Kwangtung) to FIC

    IPC: 31+10  BUILD: 1bmb, 1arm Japan


  • Has anyone ever seriously considered ignoring china and india and SE Asia and directly going for America. WUS can be taken J# if America is not careful.
    Yes its a high risk strategy… you do not gain IPCs quickly but you have a huge starting force advantage. this means a lightning raid on America can really press them


  • why ignore it when u can bash it without yout navy?


  • @alvn78:

    Has anyone ever seriously considered ignoring china and india and SE Asia and directly going for America. WUS can be taken J# if America is not careful.
    Yes its a high risk strategy… you do not gain IPCs quickly but you have a huge starting force advantage. this means a lightning raid on America can really press them

    The problem with that is China can “re-take” Manchuria, Kiangsu, and Kwangtung which would really hurt Japan.


  • @a44bigdog:

    […]
    I like to position the sea zone 57 carriers in 51.
    […]

    Do you position that CV/fighters without additional naval units? Seems a bit to risky.

    US can attack there with 3 fighters and bomber. Normally you lose only three fighters, but what if US get three hits at first round? Tricky question: Lose two fighters, one CV? Lose three fighters? You have to choose your losts before you know your hits. Lost three fighters may risky if you only get two hits. And if you lose the CV as third and an additional fighter later, you have lost 44 IPC and US lost only 42.


  • thats a very risky attack. (87% attacker looses all its unis) normally there would be

    2CV 3ftr vs 3 ftr 1 bomb.

    also the US will loose the carrier too next round…

    if japan looses 2 fighters round 1, you can always put the CVs at okinawa


  • @atarihuana:

    thats a very risky attack. (87% attacker looses all its unis) normally there would be
    2CV 3ftr vs 3 ftr 1 bomb.

    I know.
    But if 3ftr 1bomb vs. 2CV 3ftr is 43% chance to lose one and 29% chance to lose two CV, if I interpret frood.net correctly. Economical benefit, as the US have more IPC than Japan and can replace that lost units easier.

    Nevertheless - I have an unpleasant feeling to give my opponent the chance to attack a CV which have no naval support.

    also the US will loose the carrier too next round…

    Not necessarily. If US lose two ftr, the CV could move to sz 56 (pick up two new ftr there and meet with new naval units) or to the east coast via sz 20.


  • My Japan 41 first round is nearly identical to Jenifer’s except I take three of the fighters and the destroyer against the battleship and only one against the transport and destroyer in 56. I have been burned by the battleship before, and would rather keep my fighters around.  It is an extremely potent first move for Japan, allowing for a turn two take of Australia or Hawaii Depending on the Allies.  If Brits build IC in India it is yours on round three.

    Leaving the allies the flying tigers would be a huge mistake in my opinion.

    So far we have found no way for the allies to survive in the pacific after this (short of very bad rolls for j1).  Next week we experiment with the South Africa IC, But with a turn two East Indies IC build for Japan I am skeptical of it’s chances by round 4. It may put england in the position of hoping for improved factories (not the right chart for the Brits i think).

    If anything this may be the greatest weakness of the move as it invites a kill Italy first response from the Allies, which sometimes works.

    MY first build for Japan is either a Bomber and Scientist, or a Cruiser and Scientist.


  • Lately I have been withholding the Cruiser from the sea zone 50 battle and moving it in non-combat to sea zone 51. At the end of J1 I have 43 IPCs, at the end of J2 I normally have 55 IPCs so I could care less about losing a carrier or some fighters to the Americans. I have way more ships than them and after round 2 I am making substantially more money. 1 of the carriers would also be my first loss in combat, my fighters can land in the Carolines after combat and I have another carrier and can easily purchase more if I should desire them.

    Also I have had the US do the attack on sea zone 51 without having the Cruiser present. It hurt the US way more than it hurt me. They lost units that they had to replace and I lost units that I did not HAVE to replace.

  • 2007 AAR League

    It seems that there are a lot of different thoughts out there, on how to play Japan…
    For myself, Japan has always proven to be the most difficult country to play, even since 2nd Ed.

    It’s not that Japan has difficulty to expand (Germany is far more threatened than Japan), it is just that I can’t seem to play an optimized game with Japan, as easily as I can with Germany or Italy.

    Anyhow, what to do with a Japan, in the case that US goes 100% KGF?

    Go all out on Russia - or try to disturb US through landings in Alaska?
    How heavy should you land in ALA in that case?

    I’m thinking that it might be better to go all out on Russia. But then again, I’m not exactly an expert Japan player…


  • I’ve been thinking on this and I think there are a few important things japan can/should do.

    1. reinforce Italian Med fleet.  This is very important.

    2. take IPCs from the allies.  This means taking away there NOs, take islands, take alaska, take africa, bomb the crap outta russia.

    I dont think japan should try for an all out push so to speak anywhere, just keep eating up allied IPCs and reinforcing in the med/africa.  If you take egypt/trans-jordan Italy gets 5 IPCs, if allies are landing in africa there not in Europe.  If you can hold Alaska you can bomb the US.


  • alaska is a dead road imho, waste of resources. focus on india/ med its the fastes way to russia. fastes way to help italy (with fleet/ planes) if USA goes kgf japan must reach europe ASAP. forget silly alaska 2 ipc… its no threat at all


  • some thougts:

    • Leaving Manchuria  empty; too inviting and 5 or more russians are hard to kill on J2

    • The fighter in Egypt is the most important piece in turn 1.

    • An IC build in Indochina on J1? (will try this next time)

    • Japan stratgy is influenced by the actions of Germany on turn 1: egypt or not.

    • Ignore Siberia and go for the Caucasus via China
      OR
      Ignore China, let them flourish! Prepare to lose 2 victory cities.  (They can not attack outside China ( just an idea))

    Greetings
    El Stef


  • This is in response to Perry’s question.

    A basic outline of my Japanese play is on page 5. Basic summary ICs in Manchuria and Kiangsu. I use these to produce 5 tanks a turn that are dedicated to Russia. Japan produces it’s 4 units. 5 ARM for the mainland and 4 INF 4 ARM for Japan is 57 IPCs which is achieved around round 3. I like to dump the Japan units in Fukien as they can go through China towards Russia or South towards India. Around this time say round 3-5 I should probably capture India and in most games will put an IC there as well. My priorities for production are India, Manchuria, Kiangsu, and finally Japan with whatever shortage there is being less infantry produced as they take too long to reach Russia to be effective and are poor at attack anyway.

    With the US completely ignoring Japan I have no need to invest in ships. Once the above conditions are met I can consolidate my Navy around Japan and buy whatever transports I need to set up a 4 X 4 invasion of Alaska supported by 6 fighters and a cruiser and Battleship bombardment every turn. The only thing this pulls away from Russia is the 4 ARM from Japan and Generally by this point it is not that big an issue anyway. When this occurs Japan is Generally trading Novosibirsk, Kazakh, and Persia with the allies and making around 70 or so IPCs a turn. The US has NO choice but to stop sending units to Europe and fight Japan in Alaska. Yes they should defeat the Japanese every turn and liberate Alaska. However, with the above described attacking force they will not have enough in Alaska to keep Japan out. Depending on how things are going with Russia additional transports can be added to transport troops out of Manchuria giving the US and even bigger force to have to overcome every round.

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