Asked by one of our readers, “there are 3 territories controlled by Japan on main land Asia 1 (Korea) has a Japanese control marker, and the other 2 have Chinese control markers. However Japan controls all three at the beginning of the game. Is Japan allowed to place a major industrial complex on any of them?”
Here’s our answer.
In our humble opinion, the answer is “no”. Simply because it does NOT have a Japanese symbol printed on it. I sympathize with the opposing view, since the rule book states as a condition if the territory was “controlled” rather than originally “owned”.
There is a reason why those territories are not printed with the symbol of Japan even though they begin the game controlling it. It is an exception with a purpose. The nation’s symbol printed on the territory is the power designated as the original owner.
Furthermore, from the rulebook:
“If a Japanese industrial complex is built on a Chinese territory and that territory is later recaptured by the Chinese or liberated by another Allied power, the industrial complex is removed from the game.”
Korea, with 3 IPC, is printed with a symbol of Japan. It is eligible for a major industrial complex.
Big thanks to “roger wasser”.