Excellent stuff! I was away for a month doing a hike and I caome back to about 3 or 4 updates. Really good to see you back into the AAR again, and with such gusto.
That said, roleplaying aside, do you plan on committing Japan to a huge war at some stage? Your previous comments to someone else about Milan for example....I would love to see Japan tested against France and/or Austria again. Afterall, you did say you had taken to much of the continental USA for this game to be too challenging. Hopefully you can find some roleplay reasons somewhere down the line. (I like the Magdeburg clause)
Either way, good luck with balancing your updates and baby.