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The Japanese had felt slighted by the designs of the Washington Treaty. That they had fought for the Allies and Japan had received some of the Germanic States Island Protectorates in the Pacific as a reward. But the Japanese were incensed by being kept at what they saw as 2nd class status by the United States and the British. The Japanese were an Island nation and needed a large navy to maintain the sea lanes on which its ships brought the lifeblood of their nation, the raw materials needed to maintain and improve the Japanese people.
Raw materials were the bug bear for the Japanese. Just about everything they needed had to be imported and paid for. Longing eyes looked accross the sea at the Siberian district of the Soviet Union where what they needed - raw materials - abounded. Right next door to Siberia was the slave labour that would be necessary to work that area, China. If Japan could subjugate China and use its people as first a peasant army to help them beat 'Russia' again and take Siberia. Then the Chinese could be used to work the land, first to extract the resources and then to use the land to help feed the Chinese and by then other subjugated Asian peoples.
Japan was forced to demilitarise various of its older dreadnoughts and semi-dreadnoughts which were used for ancilliary duties. The weapons these ships had been armed with were stored away for use in the near future. The single 4.7" were used immediately as the main armament for the destroyers then being built. The old 6" were built into emplacements on their Island possessions. The 12", 10", and 8" were saved ready for when Japan could tell those Western nations to shove their Treatys. Very politely of course.
Japan will still have all of their normal fleet units and cruisers etc, what I am producing here are additions or alterations to the standard Japanese navy and/or units.
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|Battleship, Battlecruisers, Pre-dreadnought types|
|Destroyers / Minelayers|
Plotting the downfall of the Allies, Admiral Yamamoto and staff.
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