The Japanese landings in the Philippines and East Indies employed a total of eleven infantry divisions, not all of which were embarked at any one time. The major forces, for Malaya and Luzon, had to be landed in several increments; fortunately it was a short round trip to their bases in Indochina and Formosa. This also allowed small craft such as minesweepers to carry a proportion of the troops. They simply did not have the transport capacity to take an appropriately sized landing force to Hawaii in a single operation. Their nearest bases, the Marshalls, were a week's steaming each way for all but the fastest transports or cargo ships. As others have noted, an assault on Hawaii would mean foregoing the attack on their real objectives in the Far East.