An item referred to the Jap. Chr. dated 15 November 1934 reporting that admiral Cone stated that Japan built since 1929 34 cargo ships suitable to be converted into auxiliary cruisers. Just one was slower as 15 knots and 21 however at least 18 knots. The ships were still not registered by Lloyds. The USA had not a single cargo ship able to maintain a speed of 15 knots. The Japanese ship Azumasan Maru seemed already to be fitted out with gun mountings.