This class consists of BANSHU MARU and BANSHU MARU No. 2, respectively completed in 1939 and 1941 for Hayashikane Shoten K.K. BANSHU MARU remained under civilian control. She survived the war and was broken up in 1967. BANSHU MARU No. 2 was requisitioned by the IJN and converted to an auxiliary stores ship. She was torpedoed and sunk by an American submarine in Dec’42 off Timor.