Tokyo, 15 years into the future


Thanks to increasing automation, isolationism, and an aging workforce, Japan has
become the fading star on the technological stage. Increasingly upstaged by Seoul and
Shanghai, Tokyo no longer drives innovation – instead, its corporations focus on their
core strengths: Interface entertainment software, vehicles, and small electronics.


Urban sprawl stretches over much of central Honshu – from Yokohama harbor to the
docks of Sendai. Heat, noise, and grime are the order of the day, while climate change
has lengthened the rainy season. The neon signs still glitter, but through a haze of
pollution and dirty rain.


Japan is a nation in decline. Unable to compete economically with emerging markets, the
country turned inward, embracing nationalism and isolationist policies. Foreign workers
were relocated to hastily-constructed Special Interface Zones and given non-preferential
status on employment registries. These programs have begun to fade, but the damage is
already done. The Diet must contend with massive unemployment, a resentful underclass
of foreign nationals, and allegations of corruption at all levels. Additionally, the reborn
Okinawan independence movement has been gaining support among citizens living in the
economically-depressed Ryukyu islands. And of course, where there’s strife, organized
crime will always profit …

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