Agreed on the high agressivity. I have had the Japanese take Broom once and evacuate as described (unfortunatelly I did not use SIGINT and thought it had a garrison, so I waited to switch two Australian divisions up North along with air support only to find an empty town). I get a landing along the Aleuitian chain almost every game. The Japanese also try to land on the Andaman islands a lot (and suceed most times). This time they even continued on to Colombo (SIGINT told me they targetted it, but with IJN short 2 BB, 2 CA, 6 CL and some 6 DD (all sunk off Rabaul within 3 weeks by a mixed ANZAC cruiser squadron and USN carrier reinforcements) and with at least 3 more BB and 1 CA damaged (off Timor and Celebes) and all IJN carriers and remaining capital ships busy invading Java and no noticeable air presence at either the Andaman's or Rangoon I never expected a move towards Ceylon. Now the japs have two elite divisions stuck far beyond support range with 3 RN carriers, 7 BB, 6 CA, scores of scouts cruisers and destroyers covering their beach head (they obviously could not take it as I had already shifted reinforcements to Colombo, though I had also withdrawn the original garrison for service at Mandalay). All in all, to me the Japanese agressiveness has been suicidal. Their headquarters are pursuing too many goals at once, finishing none and taking horendous casualties (it would have been worse had I not made a serious mistake when they landed on Timo (my carrier forces ran out of fuel and I had to pull them back before they'd become sitting ducks, my oilers had been left south of Guadalcanal). In may 42, Coregior looks as if it will hold out the rest of the year (the base has fallen but a large force, well commanded and of by now high quality is holding on stubornly), Java is under attack (but has dealt some serious casualties to the Japanese airforces, bombardment TF's and cargo fleets, not to speak of 150+ downed IJN carrier planes at the high point so far), Ambon has fallen (but it's Australian garrison fought for 3 turns before I decided to evacuate), Timor has been partially occupied (but Mac Arthur just launched the first counter attack and the isolated IJN regiment is not expected to last), Southern Celebes is still untouched and providing great reconaissance etc. All Japanese capital ships are either fully engaged, damaged or sunk. The only real setback for me is in the New Guinea area (I just had an entire transport force sent to the bottom off Milne Bay, IJN land based air is extremely strong there (now, it was not when they still had a fleet in the South Pacific).
I really think the ai is overextended and not using it's resources effectively (8+ carriers bombing Batavia and losing badly to 3 Dutch, British and US FG's is a rather sad sight).
And I'm just bungling through those games too, else they'd never set a foot on either Ceylon or Timor.
Marc aka Caran...