I believe the reference for this is wrong. It shows the aircraft delivered in 1940 and eventually dismantled. The "JAPAN MARITIME SELF-DEFENCE FORCE" did not come into existence until the 1950s.
Actually, a new design with very few parts commonality. If you compare the two, not only is there a big size difference, but none of the component parts are the same, and wing is low wing, vs. shoulder wing.This was an artist conception of a civilianized XB-42.
Note in this USMC C-54 (actually R5D when pix was taken) that there is a pole dangling from the tail skid.Nr 415 USMC Marine
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