Dave Davies wrote:
It seems that in playing the full campaign that the first goal of the Japanese should be taking out the Allied headquarters (not Hawaii but the other two). This reduces a large amount of allied units and severly limits where reinforcements and replacements can come on. All those pesky spaces in the DEI and Philippines become much easier to take after that. Am I missing something or does that just go without saying?
At the start of the campaign the Allied HQ’s are in the Philippines and in Manila. They cannot be relocated during the first turn.
To your first point, absolutely yes, it is a key element of opening Japanese strategy to limit as much as possible Allied options by neutralizing the Malaya and SW Pac HQ to include the ABDA HQ if it arrives through the Arcadia Conference card.
However, to your second point, "...They cannot be relocated during the first turn." This is not exactly correct. You can always play a card as an OC (any value) and bring an HQ on the game turn track back into play, although when you do this, there are additional placement restrictions vice bringing the HQ back during a reinforcement phase.
If you check over the EoTS topic on CSW, you will find us in the middle of another Team match and currently both of these HQs are neutralized as per your initial question, so yes it is a major piece of opening Japanese strategy.