From: Iowan in MD/DC
Japan neds 80000 resources a day to break even. There is 35000 per day from Hokkaido, and the rest can come from Manchukuo.
Close, but not quite:
As I am too clueless to learn how to do the empire economy I only have GC experience
as the Allies (ironically I live in Tokyo)..
So I have a few questions about Japanese production.
A. I know the empire needs the oil of the DEI, but what about resources? Does it have
enough or does it really need the resources from abroad.
B. What causes the empire economy to crash?
C. What are the effects of such a crash?
I do not expect volumes...Just simple commentaries so I can get a general idea.
A: Resources produced in Japan and transported from China, Korea, Manchuria and Sakhalin are enough to run Japan economy. But it is good to transport some of them from DEI. I usually use ships that are returning to Japan from DEI to avoid empty runs
B: To much to fast is wrong. Don`t try do everything in first turn. Don`t need to. Just plan and adjust. Japanese economy is delicate.Expand factories slowly. Expand little check effect and if needed expand again. I am suggesting to read 101 economy guide that can be find in forum.
C: When economy crash You will loose very fast
The raw numbers in Tracker, from the start of the game in Scen 2, anyway: 78200 deficit on Honshu. 34600 can come from Hokkaido and another 9800 from Sakhalin. 15600 from Manchukuo and Korea. 4100 from China. 3200 from Taiwan. That still leaves 10,900 to come from elsewhere. 4200 can come from Indochina (after accounting for the 500 deficit in Thailand). But basically, once you've set up convoys from Hokkaido/Fusan(/Shanghai or Hong Kong if necessary) and are harvesting the Sakhalins/Formosa in some way, you can just use periodic return trips from the rest of the empire. If you open up the Magical Coast Road, enough Resources will flow up from Singapore to China that you'll be well in the black. It's not a bad idea to try to stockpile as many as you can in Japan for later in the war when you might be feeling the sting of USN subs, fewer xAKs, etc.
I think the Scen 1 starting deficit is a bit smaller, around 74000 or so.
But the real crunch is oil/fuel - technically speaking, it's only in Oil. You can produce enough fuel via refineries throughout the empire to match your HI needs (with a surplus, for ship usage), but you will eventually run out of oil unless you turn off refineries. And once you run out of Oil, you'll begin to run out of Fuel. It is important to always be hauling as much Oil as possible, and Fuel as well because eventually you won't be able to safely haul from Palembang, Balikpapan, etc. Drain them dry while you can.
As for crashes...yeah, they're bad. Possibly even catastrophic. But it's possible to get things going again, provided the crash doesn't come too late. It's just costly.