The Type 95 Ha-Gō was a light tank used by the Imperial Japanese Army in combat operations of the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Second World War. Although it was very slow for a light tank, it proved sufficient against opposing infantry in campaigns in Manchuria and China, as the Chinese National Revolutionary Army had very few tanks or anti-tank weapons to oppose them. However, the Type 95 lacked the armor or armament of contemporary Allied tanks, and was regarded as obsolete by the start of World War II. More than 2,000 units were produced. It was also used by Imperial Japanese Navy SNLF detachments in Pacific areas during conflict.
Type 95 Ha-Go in Days of Infamy
When the Japanese Army landed in Hawaii they brought with them a regiment of Ha-Go light tanks. Although under gunned, and under armored, they were where the Japanese needed them the most and in force on the battle field. Many US soldiers defending Hawaii noted how poorly armored the Japanese tanks were.
The Ha-Gos that survived the invasion lead the Japanese victory parade down King Street. Jiro Takahashi was both impressed that they won the battle and disappointed that they didn't look at all formidable.