Japan wanted their own M1 Garand-style rifle in World War II.
Captured weapons were reverse engineered by the Japanese in World War II in hopes of success.
Ian from Forgotten Weapons examines a Japanese Type 4 Garand Rifle that shows their approach to the classic military rifle.
While not an exact copy, this rifle had some Japanese-style rifle features with the operating system of the American M1 Garand. The rifles were mostly just a combination of parts, and did not make it to actual known combat.
As General Patton once said, the M1 Garand was "the greatest battle implement ever devised." The Japanese would probably agree.