Operation FS proceeds. Japan cuts off Australia and New Zealand from Allies, gives favorable terms more akin to neutrality than anything pro-Axis. US focuses on Hawaii defense, several Japanese forces from Pacific rerouted to China prolonging the Zhejiang-Jiangxi campaign and making it more successful. This sets up for an earlier Ichi-Go in 1943 and consolidates Japanese control of almost the entire Chinese coast. A push into India goes only somewhat farther due to rail contraints. US forces assemble a massive Task Force and begin plans to island hop directly to Japan and its surrounding strongholds. War extends a few months but ends essentially in the same manner.