The Kikka was influenced by the Messerschmitt Me 262A but it was designed by the Japanese. It ended up being slightly smaller than the Me 262A. The Kikka became the only jet plane to fly in Japan during World War II.
In September 1944 the Navy asked Nakajima to design a jet propelled aircraft to be used as a bomber. It needed to go 435 mph, go 125 miles, and carry 550 lbs of bombs. The wings need to be foldable so that the aircraft could be hidden in caves and tunnels. With the addition of two 990 lb thrust rockets the Kikka could take off in 115'.
The Kikka was designed by Kazuo Ohno and Kenichi Matsumura.
Initially the engines were Tsu-11 ducted flow but they were replaced by Ne-12 turbojets and then the Ne-20 axial-flow turbojets were installed. Auxiliary rockets were used for takeoff.