Japanese invasion of Latin America (WWII)

I've read there's a Japanese document found by the Allies of WWII, in which a plan for an invasion of Latin America is detailed; specifically, a perimeter around the Panama Canal comprising Central America, parts of Colombia, parts of Venezeula, Ecuador, and Peru. I think it's called Tanaka Plan.
Do you think the IJA and the IJN would have been capable of carrying out such an operation?
If so, what would have been the outcome?
 

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Japan couldn't have managed Hawaii. Oahu is 5,000 miles close to Japan than Central America. It is beyond the range of pretty much every ship in the Japanese navy without at least one full, and one 50% refueling (with zero loiter time, just sail into sight and sail home) at most economical speed, ecepting s few carriers which will not be able to conduct flight operations since they 0nly have the fuel to get there at economical cruise (18 knots) and they need 25 knots of wind over the deck to even consider flight operations.

The Canal Zone was, pre Pearl Harbor, one of the most heavily defended locations in the world, arguably the most heavily defend in the Western Hemisphere, and the Japanese ca not even blockade it since they can't get into the Atlantic.

So, no, it wouldn't have worked.
 
A full blown invasion? Heck no. Though I have read a few discussions on whether Japan could have taken the canal out of action with some sort of sabotage operation. Problem is, the canal locks are nowhere near the coast and no Japanese ship would have been able to "sneak" into the canal. American security was very tight and any ship passing through the canal was inspected beforehand.

It also needs to be remembered that when a military establishment makes a "plan", it is more of an exercise in feasibility rather than a conscious effort to carry it out.
 
The only way Japan could touch Latin America would be with a country letting them use their ports/joining the Axis. These would be either Chile or Argentina because of political affiliation and being far enough of the US to even entertain the idea, but it's doubtful that their elites would the political will to take on the Allies who were seen as overwhelmingly dominant in the region. Maybe you could have something like that with a PoD of 1900 and lots of luck getting enough migrants and reforms to kickstart a real industrialization process in Argentina.

Otherwise no, Japan can barely reach Hawaii as previously stated.
 
The only way Japan could touch Latin America would be with a country letting them use their ports/joining the Axis. These would be either Chile or Argentina because of political affiliation and being far enough of the US to even entertain the idea, but it's doubtful that their elites would the political will to take on the Allies who were seen as overwhelmingly dominant in the region. Maybe you could have something like that with a PoD of 1900 and lots of luck getting enough migrants and reforms to kickstart a real industrialization process in Argentina.

Otherwise no, Japan can barely reach Hawaii as previously stated.
Even with Chile welcoming the IJN with open arms, any attempt (even a legal peaceful one) of Japan to establish bases in America would trigger an instant DoW from the USA. With unanimous support from interventionists and isolationists (who still saw Latin America as their own backyard).

Then, the USN would intercept any IJN fleet deployed towards Chile.

Or if Japan and Chile manage complete surprise (near ASB) and the USA only learn of it when the IJN is already at Bogota, well, the USN will just sail south and nip this in the bud...
 
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