In July of 1932, an order was given to the Nippon Special Steel Company and the Tokyo Gas and Electric company to submit designs for Japan's semi-automatic rifle project. At that time several rifle designs were developed (or copied from other rifles) and tested by the Japanese. One was a copy based on the British Vickers Pedersen design, the other a copy of the Czech ZH-29 semi-auto rifle.
Shortly after completing the military tests, in the mid 1930’s, Japan invaded Mainland China and development was halted.
Fast forward to around 1943 and Japan decided to resurrect the search for a successful semi-automatic rifle. Historians/collectors generally agree that at this time they just chose to copy the US M1 Garand design.
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