From: San Antonio, TX
I'm trying to learn how to play as the Japanese and I have a question.
I'm rather fragile so please try to break this to me gently:
Is the Japanese player able to initiate the construction of new ships?
Also, can he order conversions of ships to come?
Are there any existing ships such as TK, AO or CA that can be converted to carriers?
There are some CS ships that convert / upgrade to CVL. Many xAKs can upgrade to AVs.
If I'm able to do any of the above I might also be interested in stopping production of some ships, is that possible?
Yes. But not until the 'keel is laid'. So, you can't stop production until it's started, in other words.
Can you speed up construction of specific ships and if so how?
Yes. Military ships (SS, DD, CV, CVL, etc.) can be accelerated by using naval shipyard points, which can be produced like factory points. Merchant points can be used for accelerating (mostly) non-military ships such as TK, xAK, xAP and the like.
How do you know which shipyards are producing what ships?
Doesn't really work that way. You know where the ships will be arriving, but they are produced by drawing on a national points system, not solely the harbor to which they'll be arriving.
Are you going to tell me that you have to be a masochist to play the Japanese?
No, but it helps.
Do I have to flog myself or can I hire someone to do it? Are there any house rules out there about that?
Not that there's anything wrong with that.