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Military production of Japan

Military production and imports of Japan in World War II.

Japanese aircraft factory
Japanese aircraft factory for Ki-43 Hayabusa fighters.

The annual Japanese armaments and military equipment production (excluding ammunition) and a comparison of the necessary strategic raw materials. Since Japan was virtually dependent on full import of key raw materials, also a breakdown of the development of import figures during the war.

Military production figures of Japan by weapon type

The Japanese annual production figures of the known main arms and military equipment (without ammunition) during WW2 from 1939-1945.

Armaments:

Type of Weapon1939194019411942194319441945TOTAL
Tanks (without light tanks and tankettes)-315595557558353137 2,515
Field and infantry guns?? 2,250 2,550 3,600 3,300 1,650 13,350
Machine-guns (without sub-machine guns)??????? 380,000
Sub-machine guns-- 10,000 (1941-44)??? 7,000 17,000
Military trucks and lorries? 38,056 46,389 35,386 c.24,000 20,356 1,758 165,945
Fighter planes?? 1,080 2,935 7,147 13,811 5,474 30,447
Bomber planes?? 1,461 2,433 4,189 5,100 1,934 15,117
Reconnaissance planes??639967 1,046 2,147 855 5,654
Training planes?? 1,489 2,171 2,871 6,147 2,523 15,201
Aircraft carriers (CV)--1645-16
Battleships (BB)--11---2
Cruisers (CA)---432-9
Destroyers (DD)---1012241763
Submarines---61373930167
Merchant shipping tonnage 320,466 293,612 210,373 260,059 (Tankers: 20,361) 769,085 (Tankers: 169,491) 1,699,203 (Tankers: 754,889) 599,563 (Tankers: 351,028) 4,152,361

Raw material production for the military weapon production above:

Annual strategic raw material production (m. metric tons):

 1939194019411942194319441945
Coal???61.360.551.711.0
Ore???7.46.76.00.9
Steel???8.08.86.50.8
Aluminium (in 1,000 metric tons - especially important for aircraft production)???103.0141.0110.07.0

Construction of a Japanese aircraft carrier.
Construction of a Japanese aircraft carrier.

Import of raw materials

kip-bombing by 5th US Air Force A-20s on a Japanese freighter
This one will also not arrive: skip-bombing by 5th US Air Force A-20s on a Japanese freighter.

A vital sector of the decisive battle of production for the Japanese was that of import of raw materials, especially of oil.

Annual tonnage of Japanese tankers built, sunk and extant:

Japanese Tankers Tonnage:

 Tonnage builtTonnage sunkTonnage available at the end of the year
1941-- 578,000
1942 20,316 9,538 686,000
1943 254,927 169,491 873,000
1944 624,290 754,889 860,000
1945 85,651 351,028 266,948

Annual Japanese imports of key strategic raw materials and foodstuffs in 1,000 metric tons:

Annual Japanese imports:

 19411942194319441945
Oil 1,090 1,360 1,880650-
Coal 6,460 6,390 5,180 2,630548
Iron ore 6,310 4,700 4,300 2,150341
Iron and steel921993997 1,100170
Scrap iron24650432112
Bauxite15030590937615
Lead861125174
Tin5427234
Zinc881062
Raw rubber6831423118
Total strategic raw material imports 15,344 13,852 13,413 7,004 1,114
Food: rice 2,110 2,250990652201
Food: peas and beans546684276??
Overall 18,000 16,786 14,679 7,656 1,315

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  1. Hello.
    I am looking for the number of Tractors and Prime Movers Japan produced 1940 to ’45. As this effects Japans military construction.

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