They have already lost more than o.t.l. shall they double down and see how much more can they loose? Let them burn up more fuel, at best take over an island they have zero chance of holding. Go east while you have the ships to make the difference, otherwise your political influeance will fall and the army will pick up every other resource they can.
So, I counted 132 fighters (flying from four carriers) the IJN is using on the Midway attack. The original oob had 135 flying from six carriers. I thought they lost more than 3 fighters in Hawaii?