>>22610 Same way you win at Axis and Allies as the Japanese. Focus on conquering India, establish a land base there, then move north and west taking chunks out of Siberia until the USSR can no longer hold off Germany's constant pounding.
Just kidding, that would never have worked in real life, but it works in the game.
>>22610 Send the navy to blockade Australia or India. Don't awake the sleeping giant. Finish off China, and establish a chain of puppet states as buffer against the Soviets. Maintain good relations if possible. China is now your power base. Wait a few years, create a Grand Army and Grander Navy, and launch an invasion of Siberia.
Anything else is impossible due to lack of manpower and insane logistics required.
However I would think Australia probably would come to NZ's aid, so Japan would have to beat them back as well. In this scenario if Japan actually had its navy still from not fighting the US and used it to guard NZ, it probably could manage to hold off efforts to retake it.
>>23048 Manchuria was also northeast China and parts of Russia as well as both Koreas. Definitely not an insignificant state; having it for its materials and manufacturing was crucial for the Japanese war effort actually.
>>22610 Impossible. War with China and USA were a mistake. They should just strengthen their present in Manchuria, strengthen their economy and industry, and wait. Or better go full Perfidious albion, abuse free trade and globalization.
>>22899 >Send the navy to blockade Australia or India. Yeah, it sure is a great idea to fuck with the Royal Navy. It's not like they suffered horrendous losses to gain a Pyrrhic victory like in Jutland and would do so again.
The IJN was really good, but the British had numbers, experience and money/resources behind them.
step 1) Full scale occupation of Hawaii, complete scuttling or capture of US fleet stationed there step 2) Build up sufficient naval warfare infrastructure on the island to defend against inevitable american counter attacks from their west coast ports step 3) win because it's easier to win a battle when youre thousands of kilometers closer to your nearest port
>>23148 The IJN slapped the shit out of the Royal Navy in the Pacific. If it wasn't for the Doolittle Raid causing them to pull back to protect the Home Islands the RN would have been pushed out of the Indian Ocean.
Absolutely don't start a war with the United States, followed very closely by don't start a war with the USSR.
Recognize that Japan is a sea power. Forget about directly controlling any territory in mainland Asia apart from Korea. A strong unified China (including Manchuria) works for you 1. because it's a buffer between you and the Soviets (they'll be much more worried about the Soviets than you) and 2. you can set up a client state in Indochina which will naturally be your ally (for fear of Chinese domination). Then you can go after the real prize which is the Dutch East Indies. No need to attack the Philippines and bring the US to war against you; wait for the Philipinos to kick the Americans out and then bring them into your orbit.
>>23131 Yeah, if Japan wasn't on either side and just sat on what it had it could have conceivably been very well-off. In not being a declared enemy the US probably wouldn't have cared much, and in not taking the Philippines and various French/British colonies it wouldn't have pissed off Europe either.
If anything they might have been asked to join the Allies late in the war to take part in an effort to turn the tide against Mao in China's civil war, as its navy could have pounded the shit out of coastal cities and its intact carrier strike groups would shred shit up inland. Essentially China's civil war could have become the first proxy war of this alternate-history Cold War instead of Korea, as it would still be Manchuria and part of the aim of messing with China would be to help make Manchuoko a more permanent state.
The mistake of Pearl Harbor was entirely orchestrated by the IJN. The only way to keep them out of trouble would have been to keep them busy elsewhere, such as fighting the Royal Navy in the Pacific. his isn't the optimal solution, but a defeat at the hands of the RN would not mean defeat for Japan, as was the case with the US navy.
>>23271 ...the only really tricky bit is taking the Dutch East Indies without sparking a war with the English. The easy way to do this is to declare war on the Axis, 'liberate' Vichy Indochina, and demand control over the DEI as the price of your alliance (asking for British Malaya / Singapore is probably a non-starter, but that's a long-term project).
>don't build retarded huge battleships like yamato >don't build any battleships at all >seriously no fucking battleships >better AA guns >better crew training so you don't lose 5 ships in friendly torpedo strikes >more aircraft carriers >more aircraft carriers >...more aircraft carriers
>>23351 Ultimately they'll want to set up an independent Korea too, although they'll need to make sure the ruling class there is staunchly pro-Japanese anti-Chinese anti-Russian first (having the Chinese and Russians right at Korea's gates helps with that). A more enlightened attitude to Korea is a must. They'll probably want to establish Taiwan as a straight-up settler colony however.
>>22610 Don't touch either US or USSR, but keep those projects with biological weapons going in case they attack me first. Focus on conquering what's currently China's territories, if possible go further south. If attacked by the US unleash the I-class subs as planned, targeting civilians on the west coast thus following US's own doctrine.
>>23321 Japan would never have had the manpower necessary to defend the entire coast from a full-blown, industrialized Chinese invasion. It's chance was to dismantle and conquer China before the communists or nationalists could unite
>listen to Admiral Nagano and realize that the American people do not want a war over bullshit colonial possessions on the other side of the world >listen to Admiral Yamamato and realize that there is no way Japan could ever win a war against the industrial might of America >scrap plans for attacking the Philippines and Pearl Harbor >invade Malaya and Dutch East Indies directly, bypassing the Philippines >America does nothing because an aggressive war to defend the colonial possessions of European empires would be political suicide >sit back with your new sources of oil and rubber and wait for the Philippines to be given independence and bring them into your economic sphere without a shot fired
TL;DR: if you hadn't fucking attacked America everything would have worked out fine
>>23245 They slapped the shit out of Mountbatten's gimpy SEA fleet. If the British had given a damn, they could have #rekt the IJN, because the IJN was full of meme ships - though they did have better carriers and carrier based aircraft. However, with all the various British territories in the region, it would not have been very hard to shit stomp the IJN with land-based aircraft - but again, they just didn't give a fuck.
>>23292 >got thoroughly fucked, and decided it was best to let the Americans handle it.
This is what happened on the sea, and really, can you blame them? The imminent threat of u-boats and shitty pocket battleships near the home islands was a larger threat.
However, I will say the British eventually got their shit together fighting on the land once Bill "Kill-a-Jap" Slim got going and backing (the important part was backing). If the same amount of resources had been applied to the RN in SEA, the tale would have gone differently.
>>23526 >Meanwhile the US had the luxury of ice-cream. Yeah, by taking raw ingredients in drop tanks and having Corsairs and Hellcats do barrel rolls and Immelmann loops at high altitude. Git gud, zipper-head.
>>23592 Invading the Philippines didn't do anything to protect their supply lines anyway, since the US was able to completely fuck up their shipping with submarines (not sure why the US submarine offensive in the Pacific is so little remembered, since it was decisive in the war, moreso than Germany's sub war)
>Make a deal with the angloscum >Turn against axis forces under the condition of being allowed to keep your gains in China >World war ends but you refuse to acknowledge it as world war II because you didnt participate in the first >Massive re-education of Chinese and Korean masses into Japanese culture >Industrialize their shit >Become the biggest industrial power of the world and possess endless manpower >Start WW3 (WWII from our point of view so fuck you op)over some shitty islands in the pacific while Americans are distracted in Europe because of the cold war
>>23650 Sure, if they brought down the entire Royal Navy into the Pacific the Japanese wouldn't have stood a chance. But that is pure fantasy, the Royal Navy was stretched thin across too many theaters.
>>23592 I'm not sure invading Malaya / Singapore / Burma would be a good idea. Ultimately Germany/Italy are gonna lose in Europe no matter what, and now you're at war with the whole British Commonwealth.
Best to get on side with the British and pick up what you can on the cheap. Basically, just what they did in WW1.
>>23965 So, don't take the bait. Japan even took over Indochina without either the Americans or British doing anything about it. The trip-wire was pretty clear: don't invade our clay. So long as Japan avoided that it had a free hand; only the Soviet Union was any threat of declaring war out of the blue.
>>23889 >Why? What is it they are inefficient at? You get a effect where Great Homeland Government tells Monkey Puppet to do stuff, and Monkey Puppet does stuff. The stuff Monkey Puppet has to do will force certain budget alocations, and because Great Homeland Government is so far away, they will never attempt to do anything really beneficial. The end result is a slow mismanagement stacking up to rather extreme levels if it goes on for long enough.
USA's proxy goverments in South America is still good examples. The same with Soviet proxies.
>>24182 Yes, but that's not what I'm proposing. I'm saying that Japan doesn't even need to be in the business of telling Asian Governments what to do. A strong China, and independent East and South East Asia will naturally look to Japan as a primary trading partner.
If Japan behaves decently towards the rest of Asia and actually took Pan-Asianism seriously, and didn't go full retard, it could have been in prime position to exploit decolonialization.
I wouldn't set out to make an Empire. Besides Taiwan, I'd basically not try to fully colonise anywhere. Set up puppet states in Korea and Manchukuo with the view of giving them independence in the near future.
In French Indochina, bankroll and organise insurgents to get rid of the colonials and then set up a pro-Japanese set of client states.
Do the same to the Dutch in Indonesia. Politically support independence for Singapore and Malaysia, but don't directly intervene to draw the ire of British Empire.
Don't mess with the Philippines too much, just subvert enough to install a pro-Japanese regime.
Be as friendly as possible with Australia and try to establish strong ties, that is, cultivate an ally in the West, even if it is a minor power.
Make Thailand a pro-Japan client state
Let mainland China fight out its differences, but possibly give tacit support to the KMT.
Direct economic and military power to defence against the Soviet Union, with the view of beginning to expand into Eastern Soviet Union at some point.
Korea is a competitor for Japan. The Koreans can design/produce the same stuff for themselves, so not only do they not buy much from Japan / have much presence of Japanese companies, but Korean companies compete with Japanese companies in less-developed Asia. Keeping the rest of Asia poor and backwards, but leaving it to its own devices, would work out well for Japan.
>>24442 Given even much-less-ready-for-it Africa decolonized in the wake of WW2, I'd say it was inevitable. Japan could have speeded the process along and won friends there by funnelling weapons to independence groups in Indochina, Malaysia, the Dutch East Indies, Burma, India, etc.
>>24365 You're both looking at this through hindsight though and making it sound easier than it was in regards to the political climate in the 30s and 40s.
When Japan opened itself up, it signed a number of unequal treaties with western nations that basically carried the implication of, "you're not strong like us, so we're going to take advantage of you." When Japan asked what it needed to do in order to be seen as an equal to the west, the answer was basically "modernize and create colonies like us."
So in many regards the Japanese had no choice but to turn to colonialism in order to be seen as a player on the world stage. Naturally they turned to the nearby weeker Asian countries who were not modernizing for their colonies. At the time it wasn't as simple as, "we'll just set up trading relations with these nations instead of taking them over."
>>24471 >How is that a problem for Japan? How can you trade with someone who has nothing to trade? And like I said before, some in Japanese politics actually believed in helping Asia become civilised.
>Korea is a competitor for Japan. The Koreans can design/produce the same stuff for themselves, so not only do they not buy much from Japan / have much presence of Japanese companies, but Korean companies compete with Japanese companies in less-developed Asia. How is this good for Japan?
>>24481 Hindsight what it is, perhaps Britain and France should have let Germany and the Soviets carve up Eastern Europe. But they'd look AWFULLY AWFULLY weak by rolling over repeatedly in the face of German expansion.
Miyamoto was right when he said that if the US got involved, they would have to be beaten quickly before they could make use of their superior manufacturing capacities. But that would be nearly impossible and entanglement with the axis' wars would make defeat only a matter of time.
Japan's problem was the same as many other empires and emperors before them: They bit off more than they could chew.
Had they stopped their territorial expansion with Manchukuo, they probably would still have their empire, at least Taiwan and Korea.
So, in 1939, try to get China to sign a peace deal, consolidate your empire and naval power and stay out of the axis as much as possible.
>>24522 Don't disagree, but if some geniuses in the Japanese government recognized that colonialism was a dead end (the fact that Japan modernized on its own as a non-Western country could have clued them in) they could have planned accordingly. They would have had a natural ally in the United States in this approach, since it's how the US treated Latin America (no need for direct political control when you can dominate it economically)
>>24553 Indonesians give us oil and copper and bananas, we give them Honda motorbikes and Sony radios. When they get to the point that they can build their own motorbikes and radios, Honda and Sony will set up factories for the brands you already know and love.
>>24648 The Japanese should have recognized that a unified China would be concerned first and foremost with its long porous border with the Soviets, and that all the small countries around China would look for a balancing power against it (which Japan would try to be, although with some risk that the Soviets for British or Americans would try to play that roll).
>>24843 Look at the state of Korea now, homogenity doesn't keep them from being split into two quasi-puppet states. The Korean peninsula has almost always been part of a larger, foreign entity, so unless there was suddenly a nationalist awakening, I don't see why it wouldn't stay that way.
>>24707 >Japan modernized on its own as a non-Western country
Japan modernized by sending delegates to western nations and copying western nations.
Japan's banking and post system is based on Britain's, for example. Their military prior to the end of WWII was based on France's, until France lost a war against Prussia and the Japanese decided to copy Prussia instead. Their school uniforms are based on Prussian uniforms (the Prussian style boys uniforms are falling out of style, however) and so on and so on about nearly everything about Japan.
I'm not saying what Japan did wasn't impressive--they modernized quickly and became a world power--but they did so by copying the west.
>>24917 Copying is such a dirty word, a much better word would be learning.
Copying means you aren't actually figuring out why things are why they are, you're just doing what works because it works. The Japanese learnt from Europeans, why they were successful and applied it to themselves.
Other Asian nations had contact with Europe and did not manage to do such a thing. Thailand, for example.
>>24959 Im not criticizing the Japanese for it. But the anon I was quoting seemed to be saying that Japan modernizing was somehow evidence that colonialism was failing because Japan isn't in the west. Rather, Japan modernized even though it wasn't western because they borrowed from the west, which includes founding colonies.
>>25538 No the IJN had very good leaders including Yamamoto included. But he basically brow beat everyone to follow him and stuff like Midway could have been avoided if he hadn't tried to create this singular type of culture that was less tolerant of dissent.
Step one, invade the Dutch East Indies to get that sweet sweet oil. (The Netherlands isn't even a country anymore, is the US and Britain really going to go to war with us just over that?) Step two, finish the war with China Step three, stop returning Hitler's calls
>>29874 Korea is probably the country on earth with the most continuity in terms of its people and language: it's been 100% Koreans speaking (ancient versions of) Korean since basically forever, as far as anybody knows. It's probably the most resistant society there has ever been to assimilation or conquest by outsiders. Even Japan doesn't have that level of ancient continuity.
>>30235 You hold out until the defeat of Germany. You're at war with their ally UK and Australia in the pacific and occupying NZ but the soviets would be seen as a bigger threat. You've also never attacked the USA, and oil embargo starts after attack on NZ since you only keep Manchuria.
>>22610 Nothing, it was a lost cause. Japan wanted to conquer all Asia and tried to go full Rambo against all the asians countries without having allies or even enough resources. At least Germany tried to make alliances and non-aggression pacts with some europeans countries.
>>22610 If me is Tojo >Don't attack USA too early. >Ally myself with Russia (giving Manchuria and parts of China to Russia) >Send bulk of my army take all French, British and Dutch colonies in SEA >do not disturb America in Fliplands >attempt to forge a non-aggresive pact with Americans >invade Burma and India >Send troops to btfo Germans and Italy >War ends >Get to keep ex colonies in SEA except Fliplands, agree to give them independence >sign peace treaty with the Americans fearing Russia communism >Emperor gets to stay in power with influence of military, gets American tech, helps defeat Chinese commies and retake Manchuria and Korea btw, forming a powerful Japanese Empire till late 20th century >Kuril in our hands >No south and north korea, only japan administrated korea, with japan in power of its international affairs, a portion of Japanese army base is placed in Korea along with US troops. >Give chinese nationalist help against commies, gives taiwan to commies. >becomes a main asian power until 20th century
>>30791 was going to appease the Soviets to not attack the Japanese for a while by giving clay, also Britains are weak tea suckers who cannot even hold out Singapore, also Amerikeks with their isolationist policy will not interfere, don't bother the sleepin bear and he will not bother you.
But going to war with Britain is a gamble, since a large Indian force could come and liberate their South East Asian colonies
>>22610 don't fuck it up with Chinese Nationalists. (the Germans dropped supporting them because they had to decide between them and the Japanese, because both factions refused to work together) support them, put resources into more propaganda to get pacific states on your site in the fight against foreign influences.
>>33982 You're not wrong but understand that because of weaknesses in the Meiji constitution, the Ministers of the Army and Navy were more powerful than the Prime Minister. Whenever one side was unhappy with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Army or Navy would step down and they would refuse to appoint a new Minister, bringing down the current PM's government and forcing him to step down. This happened multiple times in Japanese history and is one of the large factors that contributed to its militarization.
>>35551 Are you retarded? You think the IJN could just go ahead and bomb a US base without first getting its plan approved by the General HQ and the Emperor? Oh wait, you have no idea how the Japanese command was structured, or how the decisionmaking processes went down, do you? baka senpai desu
>>37616 The Emperor was already a figurehead by this time who was not involved in politics. And there was no Central HQ giving orders to the army and navy, they were separate entities that operated separately and is a commonly cited reason as to why Japan lost, other than getting btfo by American manufacturing output
>>37856 Jap emperor was largely a figurehead, but he still had to sign off on something as major as starting a fucking war with the US. You're retarded if you thought the IJN could go off and make such decisions without any oversight.
And >And there was no Central HQ giving orders to the army and navy, This is just plain wrong. Read a book, nigger.
>>38201 Kamikaze was the most effective means of attack the Japs had. What was wasteful was trying to attack the USN by conventional, non-suicidal means. They died just as much, but without killing anyone.
>>38297 >irrelevant link Holy shit are you daft? This is common knowledge for anyone who's studied Japanese history. Low ranking officers were causing conflicts all over the fucking place. Go back to /v/.
>>38365 Don't be retarded. Low ranking officers can start incidents, but they escalate to war because high ranking officers then use that to bolster their case for a war. This argument then has to pass the approval of the general HQ. Actual history isn't as arbitrary or accidental as your kiddie brain likes to imagine it is.
Igonore the USSR and America. Focus solely on China. When conquered or defeated enough, I would carve China into a series of vassal states under my control. If Germany still hadn't been defeated at Stalingrad or suffered another massive defeat somewhere else, I send my new wealth of manpower to either rip the Asian colonies from the Europeans or invade Siberia but promise the West no advancements against them but desu I would prefer to strike south as the combined wealth of the colonies and manpower would make a final advance against the Soviets unstoppable if Germany could still hold on.
Annex the Pacific for those juicy oil gains. Sell oil to the Clappers for mad bucks. Invade Korea/China/Asia. Become world power while Europe and the US kills one another. Refuse to join the war. BEST EMPIRE.
>Establish marine corps >IJN invades oil-rich Iran/Arabia with cooperation of Germany/Italy >Try to win over the Nationalists vs the Commies >Use South China as a ricebasket when it becomes stable enough >Build moar carriers >Never EVER use kamikaze >Attack the Phillapines DIRECTLY
Pearl Harbor was a mistake because it made the American public go from anti-war to pro-war. Americans didn't give a flying fuck about the Phillapines, so Japan could've taken it easily and brokered peace with the Americans.
"Ignoring the US" was only obvious in retrospect. The Japanese high command, both civilian and military leadership thought it was a matter of time before the US attacked (see the Japanese state media warnings of the "ABCD line"). The IJN would've run out of oil by 1944 without an invasion of Dutch and British Indochina.
>>37856 >The Emperor was already a figurehead by this time who was not involved in politics. That's what Hideki Tojo told them. To save the Emperor.
The taint of disgrace will follow him to the grave. Future generations will revile him. In America as a despicable man with no sense of honour. And in Japan as a monster who released nuclear Armageddon.
He will go down in official history as a war criminal. And no-one will ever understand him. That was his final mission.
And like a true soldier he saw it through the end.
History will never know what he did. No-one will ever know the truth.
Everything he did, he did for his country. He sacrificed his honour and his life for his native land. He was a real hero.
>>38429 You really don't understand what you're talking about here. Pearl Harbor was stated by something more than "bored upstart officer decides he's going to wreck shit," yes, but Japanese conflicts in Asia grew into wars before the Ministers even knew what was going on. World War II is considered a 15 year war in Japan, largely because of low ranking officers thinking they could do whatever they wanted in Asia. Just look at the Manchurian Incident.
>>22610 Win in China. Don't spread out through the Pacific, attacking Burma and Indonesia while China's still resisting.
Win China by dominating the air completely and bombing coastal cities and fortifications into rubble. The Chinese people are tired, worn-down, and don't trust most of the factions claiming authority over them: exploit that by showing how incompetent the KMT, Warlords, and CCP are by completely destroying major population centers, including Xi'an and Shanghai.
Also, try to strangle Soviet support by pushing hard through Inner Mongolia all the way West in order to prevent the KMT or CCP from getting the supplies they needed from the USSR.
>>24791 >Who, the Kuomintang or the Communists?Because even with BILLIONS of dollars from the United States, the Kuomintang still lost to the Chinese Communists. The reason that they lost was because CKS overextended his army trying to retake all of China at once. He had a much larger army and would have won any pitched battle, right up until Mao got resupplied and extra training from the Soviets. Had CKS simply consolidated his control over like 4/5s of China rather than trying to seize the last fifth that had Russia's backing, he would not have gotten his ass kicked. He let them fight his army in piecemeal like an idiot.
China was a long ways away from challenging the Japanese however.
>>39183 You're throwing away all your pilots to accomplish basically nothing. If they had done nothing, they might have been able to mount an air defense at some later point, but nope, just burn air crews and equipment as they become available.
>>39183 >I am pleased to have the honour of having been chosen as a member of a Special Attack Force that is on its way into battle, but I cannot help crying when I think of you, Mum. When I reflect on the hopes you had for my future ... I feel so sad that I am going to die without doing anything to bring you joy. > —Ichizo Hayashi, last letter home a few days before his final flight. April 1945 Fuck.
>>38682 Listen kid, that's not how the adult world works. American revolution didn't start because a couple of people chimped out for tea, WW1 didn't start because some serb shot a useless Austrian noble, and the China war didn't start because of some shitty incident. Those events merely supply excuses for processes that were already in place.
>>22681 >don't poke The "sleeping giant" was fucking them in the ass,. They had no choice else.
The war actually did a great thing in recognizing east asian power. The norm view was asians were lesser people, but higher than blacks. So japan being warmongering helped removed some of that image and normalized a bit of human perception centering asians. With the rise of China on global level, there will be even more humanizing(asians being seen as more human rather than gimmick) of asia.
>>23048 Manchuria was in the process or had been sinicized since they conquered China.
>>23113 Russia wanted part of China, Japan wanted that as well. Other european/american actors had their plan for China too. Japan didn't want to miss out and let Russia take the northern China. Taking Machu effectively meant Russians would have to take Japanese territory rather than Chinese. With semi-neutrality between Russia/Japan, Russians had backed off.
>>22610 >destroy entire navy >set plans earlier to include aircraft carriers >beef up defenses on islands >employ many many kamikaze plans from people who cant join the army or navy due to defect or something of the sort >win war smashing planes into US ships and also getting rid of japans undesirables
Ally with the US Don't go farther than Manchuria in mainland Asia Don't go farther than the Philippines in the Pacific Launch an invasion into the USSR with the help of the US. Fight back the Nazis with US support.
>>23736 I guess it worked in the end; they delayed China's development by 50 years. But China is rising again so Japan basically had her empire scrapped for nothing in an attempt to prevent the inevitable
>>49454 US was anything but isolationist. It was pissed off at Japan trying to act like a big boy and was actively baiting Japan into a war. Here is a nonexclusive list of things the US was doing: >station the pacfleet in pearl harbor >start sending squadrons of B-17 bombers whose only purpose for being there is to bomb Japanese bases >fortify and strengthen smaller garrisons such as Wake and Midway >secretly form ABDA pact >pressure the Brits and the Dutch to embargo Japan and freeze Japanese assets >send weapons and military advisor to China >embargo and freeze Japanese assets US posture was very aggressive.
>>49602 If France couldn't keep sparsely populated Algeria that they had controlled for over a century or Vietnam, there was no chance of Japan keeping Taiwan and Korea, which were far more populous, unified cultures that were also ideally located for receiving communist aid (which funded post ww2 anti-colonial revolutions).
>>49454 Japan could easily convince the US to support an invasion with "muh communism."
Sure the US and USSR were allies, but do you really think they were that close? The Cold War started almost immediately after WWII, and there was some animosity between Stalin and the US during the later years of the war.
>>51296 No. There was no public outcry over hundreds of overtly interventionist things the US gov't did, and FDR was reelected in 1940 by a landslide, running against another interventionist candidate. US was not isolationist in the years leading up to WW2, not in any sense of the term.
>>50999 US was actively giving weapons to the Soviets. Meanwhile, it was also giving weapons to Japan's enemies. Now tell me if you think Japan can get the US to fight against the Soviets on its behalf by crying muh communism.
>>22610 I have waited a long time for this thread. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgXApr19y7k Here we go. First and foremost, I try to ally Nationalist China. Start giving Kuomitang forces supplies, have a sit with Chiang kai Shek, show him I'm his friend. Wheter this initiative works or not, as I predict some posters will say it won't, it will have no impact on my long term plans.
After allying (or not allying) the nationalists, leak information the information to the communists so they decide to break the truce and attack kuomitang forces. Next, the air force bombards Soviet railways and roads in Siberia connecting the Russian west and the far east, thus unabling Ivan to supply commies in China and making an offensive against imperial forces in the region impossible. Unable to reinforce the far east, the Soviets won't be able to defend Kamachatka for long. That being said, a small invasion force should take it and seizing Vladivostok would earn Japan important natural gas resources. This is what I'd do about the Sovets and the Chinks.
But there's more to Asia than just that. I'd fund independence movements in western colonies like Vietnam and Malaysia and then invade them, "liberating" their peoples. These territorries have important resources like rubber, wood and population which should be used in forced labor camps to push the economy foward. I expect to see all of east asia under direct Japanese command. Then invade northern Australia to get their oil. This should supply us in the short term.
Next there is America. Evading it won't be good. It is better to neutralize it effectively. Attack Pearl Harbor. Don't use kamikazes in the Pacific. Invade Alaska and bombard railways connecting it to mainland North America to stop reinforcements. With Alaska invaded, its oil is ours and America has less oil now. Next we send a ship to cross Panama channel. Once crossed, destroy it. (to be continued)
[continuation] This fleet has a carrier group which should be deployed to the gulf of mexico and fromm there bombard Texan oil fields. I'd also authorize kamikazes being sent against American icons like San Francisco bridge to lower american morale. Then after bombing Texans, sail to the strait between chile and antardida. there drop mines and sail back to the pacific so usa cant deploy naval reinforcements from the atlantic to the pacific
>>22610 remain neutral by not joining the allies or axis. my people are happy in peace, asia will remain in peace, china will not go full commie in the future. and after the war japan will have a big and powerful economy and influence with my massive profit on producing war materials for both sides.
>>23452 I hate this image, because they're 35 year difference between each picture, so there's obviously going to be a huge difference in development. Also, a lot of the pictures are obviously comparing the farming lower class and the urban upper-middle class, which isn't remotely fair. It's a cheery picked manipulative meme image for weeaboo Japanese apologists. Only a fool would take it seriously.
>Create larger Carrier fleet and sell Battleships to Chinese (perhaps would be leverage in peace treaty). Divert funding to creating competent ground army with an integrated airforce. >Set up Japanese coastal control of major Chinese cities and colonize them with Japanese citizens. >Sign peace treaty with Chinese government so troops can be diverted elsewhere. If absolutely necessary give up coastal control but maintain naval supremacy >Allow Chinese communists and nationalists to kill each other. >attack Indonesia and British possessions capturing them easily (I assume this won't bring US into the war). >Leave Australia/New Zealand alone because no economic reason to capture them. >Without introduction of US troops in Europe hopefully Hitler can stem Soviet advance and peace is reached >If a functioning Army is possible before said peace attempt to take portions of Siberia from Russia.
This entire plan hinges on American neutrality though, and presumes that the American government wouldn't attack if I invade Singapore/Hong Kong. I don't even think direct military invasion was necessary because of the prevailing anti-western sentiment in East Asia, and gaining a large economic sphere in the area wouldn't have been hard.
It's not about whether they can or can't. It's not about getting the West's "permission" to become a conquering empire. It's a matter of being able to by strength and ability. Colonial empires are basically just based on the notion of might making right, and the strong being able to impose their will upon weaker countries.
If you're strong enough to impose your will by force on other nations and defend your holdings against other empires, then you can be an empire. But if you're not strong enough to play with the big kids, then maybe you should just sit the fuck down before you get hurt. You can't just whine and pout about how it's not fair that you lost and the big mean Western powers should've been nicer and let you have your empire. The Japanese Empire certainly didn't seem to have any problem with imperialism when they were brutalizing the Chinese and Koreans.
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