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The ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy, still in use with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

The Imperial Japanese Navy (Japanese: 大日本帝國海軍 Dai-Nihon Teikoku Kaigun), commonly abbreviated to IJN, was the naval force of the Empire of Japan. First formed in 1869, the Imperial Japanese Navy was first composed mostly of European-made vessels. This helped it best other Asian naval forces in the years to come, such as the devastation of the Qing Beiyang Fleet during the First Sino-Japanese War and the annihilation of the Russian Navy during the Russo-Japanese War.

By 1913, Japan's naval industry had become fully autonomous and was the third largest navy in the world by the 1920s. In response to the United States Navy's superiority in numbers, the IJN countered this with quality made ships and crews and was arguably the most sophisticated navy before World War II.

The IJN saw much success during the beginning of its hostilities against the US, however was bested by the US Navy's soon superior technology and industry and was almost completely decimated by the end of the war. The IJN was reformed after the war to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in 1947.

Battlefield 1942[]

In Battlefield 1942, the IJN fights solely against the United States Marine Corps on various islands in the Pacific Theater.

Engagements against the USMC

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The IJN primarily uses German-made weapons and equipment, with the indigenous Type 5 rifle and Type 99 light machine gun being unique to the faction.

Japanese troops have drab, dark khaki uniforms with gray helmets, brown boots with puttees, and brown webbing. None of their soldiers carry backpacks, with the exception of the Scout's radio.



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The IJN uses predominantly Indigenous equipment with some German vehicles.

The majority of Japanese land vehicles majority are painted with a four color brown/khaki/green camouflage scheme, with their planes being mostly white.


Light Vehicles[]




Battlefield 1943[]

"The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) arguably had the most sophisticated naval force at the start of World War II, led by the largest battleship in history, the Yamato. Officially dissolved in 1947, the Japanese soldiers who fought in WWII had a fierce reputation due to their never surrender creed made manifest by their service in the Pacific theatre and operations like Operation Ten-Go. Join their forces and fly the famous Zeros!"

— Official Website Description

In Battlefield 1943, the IJN fight the USMC. They generally use beige to represent themselves, as their uniforms, vehicles and occasionally their weapons indicate, as opposed to the USMC's dark green.

Engagements against the USMC[]

Kits and Weapons[]

Player Kits[]

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Light Vehicle[]


Naval Vessels[]



Battlefield: Bad Company 2[]

Japanese Chi-Has in Battlefield Bad Company 2

In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the IJN is an enemy faction during Operation Aurora. Their character and vehicle models are the same from Battlefield 1943, notably the Rifleman and Infantry character models, and the Chi-Ha and Kurogane vehicle models. However, their A6M Zeros are painted white, like in Battlefield 1942, instead of beige as in Battlefield 1943. The voices of the IJN soldiers is solely provided by Jun Yamazaki.




Notable Personnel[]

Watanabe, a defecting Japanese scientist