|“||When most people think of Arasaka, the picture in their minds is that of the blackclad guards employed by so many corporations, businesses and powerful individuals throughout the world.||„|
— Corporation Report 2020 Volume 1
The Arasaka Corporation is a world-wide megacorporation dealing in corporate security, banking, and manufacturing. It is of the most influential megacorporations of all time. The company is also the biggest distributor of Japanese-made merchandise to throughout American, European, and Asian markets. Arasaka-branded weapons and military vehicles are among the most sought after by police and security firms. Over the years, it has developed a dark reputation as a corporation that is to be feared and one which covers its tracks using assassins, an army of lawyers, as well an alleged connection to the Yakuza.
Arasaka has made a habit of buying up other corporations worldwide, and bleeding out other Japanese corporations. They also give a heavy amount support to Japanese communities all over the globe, despite their businesses practices of the past.
1900s - 2020
The Arasaka Corporation was founded in early 1915 by Sasai Arasaka in Tokyo, Japan. The company originally focused on manufacturing and took full advantage of World War II to forward their wealth and power. Founder Sasai foresaw the defeat of Japan and worked to ensure his company and wealth would survive the war by spreading his wealth across the globe, out of the reach of the post-war leadership.
Although Japan's economy and industry were in ruins, Saburo Arasaka, a former lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Navy and son of Sasai, saw a future where Japan would be strong again, not militarily but commercially. The country would be a blank slate, waiting for the person with the correct resources to redraw it in a new image. Sasai had capitalized on wartime industry, but against Saburo's impassioned urging, he had made sure that the bulk of the Arasaka fortune was covertly protected in concealed overseas assets and accounts.
On August 15th, 1945, the Emperor broadcast the edict of surrender and renounced his divinity. Saburo was thunderstruck. He was on the verge of seppuku in the compound's cherry tree grove of the hospital when he had a moment of epiphany and a vision. Right at that moment, in the cherry grove, Saburo saw the wisdom of his father's actions. As family scion, that fortune would soon be his to control... a fortune that, if wielded correctly, would permit a clever man to push Japan back towards a position of power from which it could dominate the world politically and economically. The children of Amaterasu would prevail, if not under the Emperor, then under another deity: commerce. Saburo drew the half inch of dagger that had penetrated his abdominal muscles before the vision had stayed his hand and returned to the household. That same night he tried to commit suicide, he began the studies of politics, economics and history that continued until his fathers death.
In 1960 Sasai Arasaka died and the 41 year old Saburo stepped into his late fathers shoes as the head of the Arasaka Corporation. At the time Arasaka was still a relatively small organization, just reestablishing itself in international commerce. Saburo's father had been slowly retrieving the capital and resources secreted during the war. Now Saburo himself continued that task. Saburo also began shaping the development of the Arasaka Corporation to his own ideals. He was not content with the power that came from purely financial and commercial strength. If his goal of Japan as the world military and economic superpower was to be realized he would have to exert unseen political control in Japan and across the world. It would be a long, arduous task, but he was the man to do it.
Saburo knew that the key to power in the modern world was information. What he needed was an organization that could obtain that information freely and easily, without arousing suspicion. With that in mind, he created the Arasaka Security division of the Arasaka Corporation. The new division specialized in high quality personal and corporate manpower, electronic, and computer security and protection. Slowly, over twenty-five years, Arasaka Security developed a sterling reputation as the most potent company of its type in the world. By the mid 1990s Arasaka guards were employed by thousands of powerful individuals and corporations around the world and Arasaka intrusion countermeasures and computer security experts were retained by many others. It wasn't long thereafter that the Security corporation was one of Arasakas three most powerful holdings, equaled only by the Arasaka Bank and Arasaka Manufacturing.
Saburo's dedication to study enabled him to foresee the world market collapse of 1994 and the US collapse of 1996. Forearmed against the disaster the aging, but still able, Saburo was able to take the appropriate steps, and, through his shrewd manipulation and investment, make the Arasaka Corporation one of the few commercial institutions to profit from the crash. Arasaka had been big before the crash, but in the period afterwards it assumed gigantic stature, becoming one of the largest corporations in the world.
The post-collapse world of corporate control and deregulation was the answer to all of Saburo's dreams. He exploited the new world order with a vengeance. In 1997 Arasaka Security moved into paramilitary contracting and began training one of the world's first corporate armies at the corporations guard and agent schooling facility in the forbidding northern wastes of Hokkaido. An age of ruthlessness followed, with Arasaka destroying or absorbing as much of its competition as it could and buying out any non-competitive company that Saburo thought would make a good asset.
The years from 1997 to 2020 had seen the Arasaka Corporation continue to diversify and strengthen. Its major functional arms were still the Arasaka Bank, Manufacturing and Security groups. Although the corporation was astoundingly wealthy and powerful, and Saburo one of the wealthiest men in the world, he had not forgotten his original goal. Saburo at 101 years old, had a great deal of body reconstruction and his destroyed arm and eye had been replaced by modern cybernetics. Nonetheless, he was confined to a wheelchair and rarely left the impregnable family compound outside of Tokyo. Despite his physical limitations, his mind was still as sharp as ever. Although Saburo stepped down as CEO and in his place was his son Kei who became the nominal head of the Arasaka Corporation. However all major decisions and policies would still subject to Saburos discretion. Saburo groomed his son for eventual complete control, and the realization of his private goals.
Fourth Corporate War/2022 - 2027
- Main article: Fourth Corporate War
In 2021 Internationale Handelsmarine Aktiengesellschaft, IHAG, announced bankruptcy. Both CINO and OTEC was looking to acquire the stock in the corporation, but each company was too closely matched in buying power for either to get an edge. So they decided to whittle down their opponent's resources and sabotage their attempts at stock acquisition. They couldn't continue effectly so the Aquacorp of CINO hired on Arasaka, while OTEC hired Militech. Being the two largest paramilitary Corporations in the world, both Arasaka and Militech had been rivaling for many years on different contractors. Arasaka saw this as an opportunity to then whittle Militech's resources.During this time Saburo Arasaka soon came to irrationally consider Donald Lundee a real enemy, a deadly adversary representing the country, people, and even the military force that had stolen his glorious warrior's career from him. As for Lundee, Arasaka became a foe he could deal with in a primitive and decisive manner-with firepower! He came to regard the corporation as a vast, nebulous octopus with Saburo Arasaka at its center, a sparring partner that could be fought on the battlefield.In 2022, Kei Arasaka was responsible for a great deal of the daily operations during the IHAG fracas. He viewed the fight like any other business operation and would never take it personally (unlike his father). However, in the Arasaka tradition, Kei would stop at nothing to make sure his side is victorious, and he would never step down from a direct offense to Arasaka. By 2024 Kei had full control over his father's corporation. During this time Saburo was in seclusion for security reasons for the duration of the conflict. Kei was in charge of important decisions as well as day to day operations. However he knew the war wasn't going to end well. Kei Arasaka saw the war as just another part of the game for power, and considered everyone in it to be chess pieces of different levels rather than people. It was also now that he was working directly with General Ubo Tanaka. He was ready to sacrifice major assets in order to win. The only thing left was his contingency plans that he hoped would save the zaibatsu if the worst occurs and Arasaka loses.
The end of the war saw Kei Arasaka being forced to commit suicide and the lose of the Arasaka tower in Night City, as it was bombed with a mini Nuke by a Militech operative team. President Kress blamed the Night City attack on Arasaka, despite the fault lying with Militech. The president used this to demonize Arasaka for her own interests. Arasaka’s charters to operate in the United States were immediately revoked, its members and board declared terrorists, and its assets either seized or driven off-shore. Arasaka's participation in the Fourth Corporate War almost led to Japanese government breakdown. By repudiating Arasaka, national face is saved. Then Arasaka was reduced to a Japan-only Corporation for the next decade.
After the defeat in the Fourth Corporate War, Arasaka suffered a major loss in many corporate assets, both Japanese and foreign alike. For the next decade Arasaka operated only in Japan. In the following years the corporation fractured into three warring organizations: Kiji, headed by Hanako Arasaka; Hato, headed by Michiko Arasaka and allied with the US government; and rebel faction Taka, led by Yorinobu. After decades of internal struggle, the conflict was eventually resolved and the corporation slowly restored to its former power. During the Unification War between the NUSA and the Free States, Arasaka supported Night City, regaining it's favor and eventually returning to the city in 2070 at the request of then city-councilman Lucius Rhyne.
In 2077, Arasaka is still a family firm based in Japan and is currently one of the most influential megacorporations. They still provide corporate security, banking, and legal services. Their weapons as well as vehicles are among the most sought after by police and security forces. Yorinobu Arasaka seems to be the mastermind behind the Arasaka megacorporation. Arasaka has taken control of Night City after it emerged as a full-fledged independent city-state from the war.
Like most megacorporations, Arasaka is frequently accused of unethical practice such as blackmail, bribary, extortion, and hiring mercenaries for covert, illegal operations. These mercenary operations could include suppressing legal demonstrations, assassinations, and abductions of high-level corporate experts and officials. The Arasaka Corporation was officially found guilty by the verdict of General Lundee's commission of the detonation of a thermonuclear device in the Night City Corporate Plaza in 2023. The result of the investigation have been openly and repeatably questioned.
Main Intent & Services
SecurityThough Arasaka is highly diversified corporation, one of its branches is much more ubiquitously visible than the others, especially in Europe and the United States: the Arasaka Security division. When most people think of Arasaka the mental image they have is that of the black clad guards employed by so many powerful people and corporations across the globe. Even if the guards are not present, the Arasaka logo appears prominently on many weapons, computers, and other security equipment routinely used by the security teams of many groups and companies. Arasaka is the world's most obvious force for private and corporate security contracting. It is a widely recognized fact that the best way to protect your interests is, Arasaka contracts and rents its security services in various ways.
The most obvious and widespread is the corporate security force - the ubiquitous armed black guards. In the world of 2020, where corporate mugging and robberies are an everyday thing, the old coffee-drinking night watchman or the counter guard is pathetically inadequate. A corporate security force means having quartered forces in place, capable of repelling assaults, extractions, and attempted industrial sabotage, with rapid response and combat capabilities. Not all corporations or groups have the power, money, or spirit necessary to form their own security groups. The alternative, if these groups want to stay afloat in the stormy seas of modern competition, it is to hire these forces from a third party. Arasaka is not the only company that offers this service, but it is the largest and most reputable. Arasaka's security personnel are reputed to be the best trained and equipped that can be found. They are not cheap, but the investment is generally considered profitable. The size of the required force is not a problem. Arasaka can provide groups of one to one thousand agents per contract. The service is twenty-four hours a day, and the guards can be accommodated, at the discretion of the contractors, privately, on site or in the local offices of Arasaka. All Arasaka guards are fully trained in security procedures, equipment handling, and urban combat, armed and unarmed, at close range. Depending on how much the contractor wants to pay for each guard, there are various levels of weaponry and specialization available, from unarmed counter guards to fully armed and armored rapid response combat gear.There are a number of options available on any manpower contract at varying expense. The client can order all-male or all-female guards, or a specific ratio of sexes, or, as Arasaka contracts its services around the world, clients can order guards fluent in Japanese, German, Spanish, English, Italian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean and French. All guards are required to be conversant, although not fluent, in English. Bilingual guards are available. Guards specializing in heavy weapons, unarmed combat, and specialized terrain are available for contracts that call for varied situations. Different levels of security force concealment can also be ordered, from completely discreet and invisible to ostentatiously threatening. If the security forces are visible, clients can choose to have them be unidentified or clearly identified as Arasaka Troops. Only in rare circumstances, such as when a little misdirection is called for, will Arasaka troops actually wear the uniform or logo of the contracting corporation, or a third party.Arasaka also contracts out its paramilitary forces for one shot operations, such as extractions. This type of contract can be extremely costly, due to the loss of expensive men and equipment. But if there's a tough operation that a corporation needs done, Arasaka can handle it for the right price. When Arasaka troops are contracted for this type of military action they always operate unmarked or in the markings of a third corporation or military that the client wishes to have blamed. Naturally, the board of directors at Corporate Headquarters in Tokyo have enacted policies ensuring that an Arasaka team never attacks an installation or corporation owned by Arasaka or protected by an Arasaka contract. Exceptions are made if there is some greater benefit that can be reaped by Arasaka.
Another type of protection that Arasaka provides is personal security in the form of bodyguards, escort teams and household security. The service is expensive, but popular among celebrities, wealthy businessmen, and the politicians of several nations who no longer trust their respective Secret Service agencies. As with corporate guards, there are several options, including gender, number of guards, dress style, age, visibility, race, nationality, level of armament, training and services performed. It is considered very chic in some circles to have one good looking, full-time Arasaka bodyguard of the opposite gender on one's payroll. These single bodyguards usually work solo or manage other non-Arasaka personnel retained by their client. Many a braindance star or other celebrity is never seen without two or three stylish but watchful bodyguards in tow. Often, they'll proudly tell you that "their people" are Arasaka.
In addition to supplying trained men and women to corporations, groups and individuals, Arasaka also leases and sells the security equipment that it manufactures. Typical items include cameras, perimeter detection and surveillance equipment, computerized security offices and networks, fire extinguishing systems, and computerized personnel access systems. Also available are more exotic items such as weapons and bomb detecting equipment, booby traps and other "lethal deterrence systems". Computer security is another product available from Arasaka. Proprietary Arasaka ICE systems, white and black, are also available for installation into client's computer systems. Arasaka will train non-Arasaka personnel in the operations of all of the security systems that it sells, but it's more typical for clients to buy a package that includes both the equipment and Arasaka-trained people to run it. An exception are the ICE programs, which are only operated out of systems run by Arasaka personnel. As proprietary information, Arasaka will use those programs to protect you, but it won't let you see them.
The last type of personnel that Arasaka contracts out are security consultants. If you want good security run by inhouse people, but you don't know what the best way to implement it would be, you can have a team of Arasaka Security Consultants inspect your facilities, and do an analysis of the capabilities of your potential enemies. The consultants will use that information to make a recommendation on the type and strength of the security forces you should maintain, and the kinds of equipment and countermeasures you should install. Consultants will operate on any scale, from personal bodyguarding to worldwide corporate protection.
Police ServicesAs a division of its security arm Arasaka runs an extensive police contracting service. Police services are similar in many respects to security services, but the personnel receive slightly different training and equipment, and clients are cities and counties rather than corporations. As they are required to work with the public, Arasaka police officers are much more prone to have good interpersonal skills than their dour counterparts who work in private security. Most weapons and equipment are the same, but Arasaka managed police departments will have police-fitted cars and vans at their disposal and, for most situations, will be more inclined to use these than the heavy riot vehicles favored by the security departments.
Arasaka police, like all corporate police, are required to work within the limits of civil and federal law with regards to police procedures and ethics. Of course, as is always the case with corporate operations, they are more likely to circumvent these standards for convenience than public police departments. Too much violence in the public sector is bad for PR. though, and, by and large, an encounter with Arasaka police is much less likely to be fatal than an encounter with Arasaka security. Countless towns, counties, arcologies and cities around the world rely on private police forces. Among those serviced by Arasaka are San Diego, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Bucharest (Romania), Belfast (Ireland), Singapore, and several major Japanese cities including Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Yokohama, and Sapporo. Tokyo, interestingly enough, is still using a public police department despite Arasaka pressure.
Arasaka police services, like those of other corporations, tend to be retained by cities and arcologies which don't have the money or resources to revamp decaying or corruption ridden public departments or who's police departments simply don't have the manpower and equipment to cope with local problems (i.e., Belfast, Philadelphia). In cases where corporations take over from a public police department many of the original police officers and employees are hired by the company and simply retrained and re-equipped. Any undesirables will be cast out and the department will be bureaucratically streamlined and run 10 corporate standards. In some cases the corporation simply starts over from scratch.
It is worth noting that most corporations, including Arasaka, do not always demand payment for establishing and maintaining a police department. The corporation may take non-monetary compensation, including a hand in local policy making, land and real estate, or shipping and free port rights, or it may reap other advantages such as complete police and security control of an area near sensitive corporate facilities or an advantage over competitors who have offices in the same area. Examples of this can be seen in the Arasaka factories in Yokohama, which are protected by Arasaka Security and a municipal police force run by Arasaka.
Weapons Manufacturing Division
The weapons manufacturing division of Arasaka was the original intent of the company when it was founded by Sasai Arasaka. During the 30's and 40's the company took full advantage of the war and was heavily involved in the heavy industry side of things, possibly manufacturing ships and planes for the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the defeat of Japan in 1945, the post war industrial sector was in shambles and it was only when Saburo took over in the 60's did the industry division pick back up. The company moved away from the Heavy Industry sector and moved primarily into manufacturing equipment for its own forces which fit into categories; light arms, computers, armor and small vehicles.
Arasaka Corporation has three massive factory complexes in the Greater Tokyo Area which produce weapons and equipment. As previously stated for the most part, Arasaka produces all of the infantry weapons used by its troops and by its clients. In 2022 they begun producing heavy weapons and exotics. Most of Arasaka's weapons production runs to small arms, tasers, EMP guns, automated guns, and anti-personnel mines. They also manufacture a line of body armor and three very popular vehicles. Although their weapon sales are nowhere near that of Militech, Arasaka's sales are brisk.
Arasaka Manufacturing advertises in a fashion similar to the security arm: in periodicals and information nets tailored to specific target clienteles. Weapons systems are promoted in police periodicals and military journals and security equipment is advertised in electronics magazines, corporate journals, and publications serving wealthy individuals. As with the security services, multi-media presentations and chips are available detailing the advantages of all Arasaka manufactured systems. No sensitive or proprietary information is included with the presentations or chips.
Arasaka doesn't usually interfere with the individual marketing tactics of its smaller subsidiary companies, but it does monitor promotions and advertising campaigns to make sure that they fall within the broad guidelines established by the corporation.
General Manufacturing Division
After the 1994 collapse, Arasaka set its sights on general manufacturing, buying out many smaller companies and their excess raw materials at a fraction of the cost. These failing business were turned around and became incredibly profitable for Arasaka, producing items from Airliners, to medical equipment and even children's toys. While part of Arasaka itself, they retained their original names and brands to not be associated with the more corporate and militaristic image of Arasaka.
Arasaka General Manufacturing produces a host of consumer goods from spaceplanes, four different automobiles, pharmaceuticals, various lines of clothing, computer video games, prepackaged meals, and office equipment.
The last core section of the Arasaka Corporation is the Arasaka Bank. The Bank is not widely visible to the public because it tends to deal exclusively with corporate and business accounts. The Arasaka Bank was established by Saburo, with help from his government contacts, in order to exploit the Japanese economic growth boom that he was predicting for the nineteen-sixties, seventies and eighties. The bank used a portion of the sizable Arasaka fortune in order to establish a capital base. Then, starting small and working up, it began taking corporate accounts, and, under the genius of Saburo's guidance, making high quality loans and investments with corporations destined for growth and expansion.
Under Saburos expert touch, the Bank has turned a steady profit since its inception. Saburos choice of loans and investments allowed the bank to remain on an even footing, even during the early nineties when several Japanese financial institutions were on shaky ground. There was a tight period during and after the '94 crash when several supposedly choice loans and investments went bad, but a little foresight enabled the Arasaka Bank to survive with minimal financial damage while many other institutions went bankrupt. Adroit management in the post-crash market kept the Bank turning a profit through those tough years.
The Arasaka Bank continues to do good business. Saburo was one of the first people to invest heavily in the cybernetic and Net related industries, and the returns from those transactions have padded the Arasaka accounts quite well. The Bank continues to deal primarily with corporate accounts, loans and investments, but it does handle some personal accounts, including those of the Arasaka family and several wealthy businessmen, celebrities and politicians from around the world. So far, business shows no sign of slacking.
Uniforms & Personal
As one might expect, Arasaka has definitive rules and policies guiding corporate dress, uniforms and equipment. There is little freedom for variation except in the uppermost echelons of the corporation, and amongst bodyguards and undercover operatives. Employees of subsidiaries owned by Arasaka but not bearing the Arasaka name are not required to conform to the same standards as employees of Arasaka itself. Except for the family compound, where all the security are male, Arasaka guards, soldiers, and agents can be any race, nationality, or gender.
For corporate executives and staff the watchword is conservative. Expensive is permissible, but ostentatious is frowned upon. Arasaka defers to the styles of the times, but only within the borders of what the home office considers tasteful. Men and women may wear suits and ties, preferably with dark colors. Women may wear skirts and dresses, but sexually provocative attire is tolerated only in the lowest echelons of the corporation, and then only to a certain extent. There are exceptions for special circumstances. Corporate officers, both male and female, are expected to dress in a manner befitting their position. Although it is not required, most executives wear a silver Arasaka logo pin on the left lapel, and those executives who used to be soldiers wear a silver chrysanthemum pin with the Arasaka logo superimposed. Most visible cyberware is considered acceptable unless it covers the face.
All white collar Arasaka employees receive an Arasaka company account Trauma Team card as part of their benefits. When off the job and away from company infirmaries they are required to keep this card on them at all times. Arasaka also manufactures its own portable computers and weapons, and it is considered poor taste to use non-Arasaka equipment when company-made products are available.
Corporate Security Guards
Guards are the most visible manifestation of the Arasaka Corporation. Consequently, Arasaka usually makes sure that their guards are immediately recognizable. Guard uniforms and equipment vary depending on the assignment, but the typical non-undercover Arasaka guard wears the black uniform considered so ubiquitous in the corporate world. This consists of black boots and gloves, a black jumpsuit, a black armor vest and a black cap with the Arasaka logo in silver. The guard's rank appears on the left arm and right collar wing, and the Arasaka logo on the right arm and left collar wing.
All guards carry an equipment belt including a company Trauma Team card, a belt-pack for the standard issue headset communicator, a mini light, a monoknife, identification, handcuffs, and an Arasaka WSA pistol with three magazines. Optional equipment on guards may include more extensive body armor, nightsticks, the Arasaka Assault Shot 12, the Arasaka WAA assault rifle, or the Arasaka WMA(Minami 10) sub-machinegun. Uniform variations include plainclothes or various camouflage motifs. Special client requests are also honored but are too numerous to list. Equipment variations include special weapons such as grenade launchers, flechette weapons, or non-lethal weapons, and special items such as night vision goggles, EMP guns and cellular communications. Cybernetic options are permitted on guards except when prohibited by a client. Guards can earn cybernetic enhancement from Arasaka by meritorious service, loyalty, and recommendation. They can also purchase cybernetics on their own, if they can afford it.
The basic uniform for the Arasaka soldier is similar to the guard outfit, but soldiers wear their names on their uniform breasts and have a chrysanthemum logo above their rank markings. In combat, soldiers also wear more extensive body armor than the standard guards, including visor helmets, armor on the torso and arms, and special trousers. All Arasaka soldiers are promoted from the guards. This is the reverse of some other corporations, such as IEC, whose soldiers consider guard duty a promotion.
Arasaka soldiers use many of the same items as the guards do, but they also have wider access to more specialized equipment such as heavy weapons, vehicles and so on. For use in special operations, many are also fitted by the corporation with custom cyberware. Among the equipment used by Arasaka soldiers are the AV-4, the V-24B Osprey combat variant, the Sternmeyer M-5A squad automatic weapon, and various specialized explosives and exotic weapons. Soldiers tend to forego the monoknife in favor of metal blades, which hold up better under battlefield conditions.
Arasaka bodyguards dress however the client requires it and carry whatever equipment the client is willing to provide or lease from Arasaka. This leads to tremendous variation as Arasaka provides bodyguard services for all sorts, from heads of state to rock stars. Almost all Arasaka bodyguards, male and female, are distinguished ex-soldiers.
Arasaka special agents can requisition whatever uniforms, resources and equipment they deem necessary to accomplish their mission. This equipment is usually not traceable to Arasaka. Arasaka maintains a large stock of weapons and equipment manufactured by other companies and purchased by dummy organizations for use by special agents and strike teams in black operations. As with bodyguards, most special agents are former soldiers who have distinguished themselves and been promoted and retrained.
Arasaka service employees suffer the most stringent guidelines of all. On the job dress for them is a uniform consisting of a baggy white jumpsuit and cap with white accessories. This is the same for all types of service employees. The only way one can tell the difference between maintenance, custodial, messenger and other service level employees is by the color and shape of the logos on their shoulders and caps, their I.D. badges, and the equipment they carry. In Japanese office buildings service employees show deference by bowing in the presence of executives. Failure to comply with this protocol can result in dismissal. This rule is not applied in Arasaka offices outside of Japan.
One unusual thing about Arasaka service employees is that, unlike those of many other corporations, they are allowed to carry weapons on the job. On some posts, they are even required to. In cases where a sidearm is required the service employees will have rudimentary security training.
Arasaka may have ultimately been no more than a tool for Saburo's grand scheme, but in the meantime it has to function, at least partially, as a legitimate and profitable corporation. In order to do this it has to consistently sell its services to the professional community. All of Arasaka's advertising is designed and managed in-house by special departments, tailored to individual nations and regions, and run from offices in the towers. The Tokyo office handles international advertising and public relations. There are discreet tactics for marketing the three core branches of the corporation.
Arasaka's most profitable and widespread division is its Security arm. The Security arm is also Saburo Arasaka's most functional tool. Consequently, most marketing effort is concentrated upon the sale of security services and contracts. The key factor in the Marketing of those security services is Arasaka's continuing reputation for excellence.
Arasaka Bank is advertised only within corporate publications. Their services are exclusive enough to not require extensive publicity. Information on financial services can only be obtained by appointment with the corporation and no information open to the public. Generally, the Arasaka Bank directly contacts the people and organizations with which it wants to do business.
Arasaka Manufactures is advertised in a manner similar to the security branch: in publications and information networks suitable for the specific customers desired. Weapons systems are advertised in police publications and in the military press and the security team is advertised in electronic journals, corporate journals, and publications aimed at wealthy people. Like security services, multimedia presentations and chips are available detailing the advantages of equipment manufactured by Arasaka. No sensitive or restricted information is included in them.
Resources & Capital
Arasaka is one of the largest and richest corporations in the world. Its various holdings and properties span the globe. The board of directors has access to funds and resources that make those in many small countries pale. Matched with these resources is power in its most impressive form. Arasaka, like all corporations, is one of the few organizations capable of imposing its will on the world, filling the void left by the collapsed national governments.
The total value of Arasaka's properties is roughly 9.5 Trillion Yen, 475 Billion Eurodollars. Together with two or three other large corporations, Arasaka is approaching the barrier of half a billion Eb. Of those 475 billion Eb, 175 billion is from Arasaka Bank. Most of the bank's assets consist of corporate and government debt for loans. 200 billion represent the value, accounts and liquid and solid assets of the security and manufacturing branches. The remaining 100 billion represent the value of Arasaka-owned subsidiary corporations, secret fund reserves and the personal fortune of 10,000 million euros from Saburo Arasaka and the family.
Arasaka is a public corporation and has 560 million shares of common capital on the World Stock Exchange. Actually, the Arasaka family controls 54% of the company's titles. Another 15% is held by the board of directors. The board is made up of Saburo's nineteen most trusted allies (Kei holds the twentieth seat). Saburo, as the main shareholder, is the chairman of the board. Hanako, although nominally a principal shareholder, does not participate in the meeting.
The remaining 31% of Arasaka's shares are traded openly in the market. Arasaka's shares are consistently strong and are considered a reliable investment. The value has fluctuated between 100 and 140 euros in the world stock market. Since 31% is an important part of capital, the corporation carefully monitors large acquisitions. If someone who does not like Arasaka seems to be trying to amass a portfolio of shares large enough to reach a position of power on the board, a black operations team is sent to "retire" the suspect. Sometimes a wealthy person or other corporation manages to amass enough actions to exercise considerable power in the voting of Arasaka shareholders and sometimes these people vote against the board. This is tolerated for reasons of image. However, when these shareholders become too noisy in the voting, and protest the exclusivity of the board and its goals, they are "convinced" by a black operations team to deviate from Arasaka's interests. As an alternative they can be destroyed or purchased. What comes out cheaper at that time.
Arasaka, not counting its subsidiaries, owns 250 Osprey V-type aircraft and more than 250 AV-4. A quarter of each type of these vehicles is used by the corporate offices. Three quarters belong to the Arasaka guards and the military forces. Naturally there are some exchanges, but military versions usually have combat options and camouflage schemes and are less luxurious than their corporate counterparts. The corporation also owns twenty C-25 heavy cargo planes, which can carry skydivers, heavy equipment and cross intercontinental distances. Arasaka-owned airplanes include several small executive reactors and helicopters. They are unarmed, but they are fast and luxurious. The reactors have intercontinental capacity, strictly local helicopters.
The air transport capacity provided by the C-25s is complemented by the three Arasaka container ships. Naviera Comercial Sato, a subsidiary of Yokohama, owns other large ships, such as container ships, cisterns and submarine freighters. This gives Arasaka a considerable capacity for maritime displacement.
The military forces and the Arasaka guards possess a certain number of vehicles produced by the house. More than 2,000 Riot 8 and Combat 10 are in use worldwide, and countless thousands of Kumas and modified Lexus cars. Another 2,500 of each of the combat vehicles are distributed throughout the warehouses of Japan, Europe and America. These units await to be sent to customers but can be activated for combat in a short period of time.
In addition to all this usual material, Arasaka has a reserve of other equipment too diverse and numerous to catalog. Various heavy military weapons, light weapons and equipment, specialized airplanes and land vehicles, supercomputers, linear frames and others are included.
Arasaka and its subsidiaries employ more than one million people around the world. Three quarters are executives, researchers, and various workers, both office and factory, from Arasaka and its many sub-corporations. The rest are troops of one kind or another, including guards, soldiers and agents. The troops are divided more or less as follows: 100,000 are Arasaka soldiers and special forces combat teams, 200,000 are guards for industrial contracting, bodyguards and advisers and 5000 are undercover agents, assassins and spies.
Arasaka has a secret resource that is more powerful than all its obvious forces: its secret influence on powerful people and corporations around the world. Unfortunately, the details of this particular resource are too intricate, extensive and, of course, unknown to the general public.
The banking division of Arasaka was another brainchild of Saburo Arasaka's, it was founded shortly after his takeover in the 1960's and he used his various government contacts to get if off the ground. He used a considerable sum of the family wealth as a capital base and started making loans and investments with other corporations. Saburo personally invested heavily in the Cybernetics and Net related industries, making a considerable return on investment and padding the bank accounts of Arasaka quite well.
Arasaka has more subsidiaries than almost any other corporation in the world of Cyberpunk 2020. This is partly the reason why so many people can, in one way or another, attribute their employment to Arasaka. Only EBM has more subsidiary companies. Militech and International Electric Corporation are followed behind it, along with some other communications, manufacturing and petrochemical corporations, completing the list of companies with large amounts of subsidiaries. Arasaka's subsidiaries, like those of most large corporations, are connected through a complex network of cross-linked owners, loans and investments, commercial and financial ties and co-addresses. Arasaka Security, Arasaka Bank and Arasaka Manufactures are the central companies, all under the aegis of the Arasaka corporation. Despite the system of cross-linked owners, Arasaka is not a keiretsu. In a keiretsu there is no large concentration of power in any branch. In Arasaka, the entire corporation responds directly to the board of directors of the Arasaka Corporation and the main companies.
A few of the hundreds of subsidiaries of the Arasaka Corporation include: Arasaka Security, Arasaka Bank, Arasaka Manufactures, Arasaka International, Arasaka America, Arasaka European Group, Arasaka Police Services, Arasaka Chemistry, Sato Commercial Ship, Kanshiro MicroElectric, Barrett Engineering-Arasaka, Nagoya Transportation, Japan Airlines (JAL), Korusu Commercial Aircraft, Kyoran-MediaStorm Entertainment, Lubcheck Structural Materials, Pan-Ground Communications, Glaser Model Agency, Pharmaceutical Ito, All-American Pictures, Krieger Beer, Scandia Aerospace, Matsura Food Products, Children's Kingdom Toy Stores, Tokyo/Miami/Los Angeles Adventure Land Amusement Parks, and Tender-Love Baby Care Products.
Public relations has been problematic for Arasaka Corporation since the early 2000s. The corporation suffers under an image of brooding, ominous power. The media as well as the general public joke about Arasaka's omnipotence and omnipresence, but there is a ring of truth that drains the humor from these witticisms. The Arasaka board of directors has attempted to cast the best light possible on itself, extolling the virtues of its security department, touting the philanthropic work of the bank, and explaining how its manufacturing arm and subsidiaries form the backbone of an economically sound Japan. True as this might be, it has not helped much to overcome the dark images associated with the corporation. There are too many rumors and memories adrift in the public consciousness. Nor does the company's somewhat intimidating public appearance do anything to endear it to the public. People will respect Arasaka, people will need Arasaka, people will occasionally thank God for Arasaka, but there will always be an undercurrent of fear tempering their attitude towards the corporation.
Occasionally someone puts the pieces together and gets a clue as to the true nature of Arasaka's goals and power. When the corporation gets wind of someone sniffing around in the wrong place, or when someone finds out something they shouldn't, the local Arasaka office will arrange for them to have an accident. If it is a particularly sensitive mission the home office in Tokyo will be contacted to prep a special operation to deal with the problem. By and large, most local offices are more than adequately equipped and staffed to handle such tasks.
Typically, great pains will be taken to see that a black operation is not connected with Arasaka unless, as sometimes happens, the corporation wants to make an example of the target. There are, however, times when Arasaka goes out of its way to advertise its involvement in an operation. This is usually when it is retaliating against some person, group or other corporation that has publicly infringed against it. Arasaka also has a policy of visibly assassinating individuals and assaulting corporations that breach security at installations protected by Arasaka contracts. In these situations Arasaka is powerful and ruthless, maintaining its reputation as a persistent and deadly adversary.
Arasaka's black ops and political and financial influence had come of age in the world of 2020, giving the corporation far reaching influence across the world. Hundreds of influential politicians and agents at all levels of government and in every important country in the world are in Arasaka's pocket. Thousands of influential and wealthy private citizens, police departments and corporate executives are also under Arasaka's control, some willingly, some under duress. Saburo and the Board of Directors in Tokyo have been using these puppets to further the Arasaka master plan of Japanese economic and military dominance. In Japan, the constitutional clause prohibiting large scale armament was trashed in 1996 by Arasaka owned politicians. Saburo has been working on the reconstruction of national armed forces ever since. Other ultra conservative corporate leaders, many under Arasaka influence, are also taking up that cry. Arasaka already has more financial power in the industrialized world than any other single corporation. If it weren't for other corporate alliances arrayed against it, it might have been the single most powerful factor on Earth.
Within the corporation only Saburo, his sons, the hand picked board of directors and a few select analysts, executives, and operatives know the true extent of Arasaka's goals and influence. Among employees information is distributed on a strictly need-to-know basis. The highest priority for Arasaka employees is loyalty. This is especially true in the Security arm where most of the sensitive operations are handled. Arasaka Security agents will lay their lives on the line for the corporation first and the client second. Troops are required to demonstrate unquestioning obedience when they are dispatched on missions, although they must use initiative and intelligence on assignment or in action. Agents and executives who show signs of wavering loyalty, or fail badly in their assignments are dismissed. Those who betray the company, or cause it damage are eliminated.
Enemies and alliesPredictably, Arasaka has many enemies around the world. These enemies range from; corporations that compete directly with the company or have clashed with it, powerful individuals who suspect that their blackmailers are related to Arasaka, to even law enforcement officers from all over the world who suspect the extent of the illegal operations of Arasaka.
Among the corporations Arasaka has dealt with are InfoComp , which has studied Arasaka's history and holdings multiple times for its database, Network News 54, which has lost several reporters investigating scandals related to Arasaka, and finally Militech (The most infamous of rivalries, which competes with Arasaka in the world of security equipment and weapons). InfoComp is tiny compared to Arasaka, and receives little attention. Arasaka avoids direct confrontations with NN54 or other news services to minimize negative publicity. Militech and Arasaka, however, have been in conflict on several occasions, and continue to face each other on a regular basis. Law enforcement agencies are contained not only by eliminating their agents, but by the skill with which Arasaka conceals its conflicts of interest and illegal operations. In addition to keeping your dirty business and transactions extremely undercover.
A perpetual thorn in Saburo's side is Tycho's mass accelerator on the Moon. Few people have forgotten the rock that fell in Colorado Springs during the 2008 orbital wars. Saburo knows that if Arasaka is to guide Japan to her destiny to conquer Earth and space she will have to subdue or destroy the throttle sooner or later. He doubts that the Tycho colony would shoot a rock straight at Arasaka headquarters in Tokyo if its leaders thought that the corporation, or the country under their guidance, constituted a danger to space.
Despite enormous difficulties and his many adversaries, the elderly Saburo continued to work to realize what he sees as his company's final destiny: to promote the rise of a new Japanese Imperial Dynasty under the 'Shogunate' Arasaka.
- Main article: List of Arasaka employees
|Sasai Arasaka||The founder and original CEO of the Arasaka Corporation. Born sometime in the mid 1800's he was a shrewd businessman, creating a successful manufacturing company that survived the post World War 2 economic instability of Japan.|
|Saburo Arasaka||The son of Sasai Arasaka, born in 1919 he had risen in the ranks of the Imperial Japanese Navy during WW2 where he held the rank of Lieutenant. After he was medically discharged he set about becoming his father's successor, and as such he has taken Arasaka from a small manufacturing company in Japan, to a worldwide Megacorporation.|
|Kei Arasaka||Saburo's first son and was the heir apparent to the Arasaka Empire. He was cold and calculating and shared his father's ideals. As of 1997 he was the acting CEO of the company but relayed everything through his father, who runs the corporation from behind the scenes. Kei died during the Fourth Corporate War.|
|Hanako Arasaka||Saburo's only daughter and the apple of his eye. She had led a sheltered life in the confines of the Arasaka Family Compound, Often described as sweet and beautiful in the eyes of many Arasaka employees, Hanako is an intelligent women who doesn't agree with her father's wishes and has her own agenda she plans to follow.|
|Yorinobu Arasaka||Saburo's youngest son, an outcast appalled by his father's company. He left home and formed the Steel Dragons gang in order to expose the Arasaka Corporation in his early twenties. He soon realized that the corporate giant’s power was impossible to defeat. At least from the outside. Now he commands a fraction of the Corporation.|
|Michiko Arasaka||Kei's daughter, and head of the Princess Faction of the Arasaka Corporation. She became a US citizen and allies with the US government.|
Arasaka's towers, like those of many corporations, are impressive structures projecting a large part of the corporation's public face. The larger part of the corporation, the more their offices and towers become a beacon of wealth and image. In keeping with Arasaka's monumental size and reputation, their towers are not only widespread, appearing in major cities across the globe, but standardized so they are instantly recognizable. The special facilities, such as training camps and factories, don't follow the strict image guidelines applied to the towers as they are less visible to the public.
- Main article: Arasaka Tower (Tokyo)
The Arasaka HQ is located in Tokyo, Japan and consists of two skyscrapers more commonly referred to as the Boys in Black, due to the similarities between the two imposing black towers and the black-clad Arasaka Security guards. The towers are always black with dark, tinted glass and black steel beams are typical. Arasaka designers eschew stone or unpainted metal. The only deviation from black surfacing are the white, backlit Arasaka logo which appear near the tops of the towers. They dominate the Tokyo skyline and are easily recognizable, not from their shape or size, but for the giant backlit Arasaka Logo at the top of the towers. Arasaka regional offices around the world follow the same pattern with their buildings looking almost identical.
American Division Night City Headquarters
- Main article: Arasaka Plaza and Tower
The 'Arasaka American Division' headquarters of the corporation is located in the Corporate Plaza sector of Downtown Night City. It doubles as the main office of the 'Arasaka America Division' of the said Corporation, replacing the previous building destroyed in 2013. At 130 stories, it is the tallest building in Night City, and is clearly visible from most areas in clear weather. It is almost two separate buildings, with the twin towers being structurally connected only below the 20th floor.
All building access is tightly controlled. Armed security troops patrol the roof, grounds, parking area, and building interiors 24 hours a day. No unauthorized vehicles are permitted on the roof, or in the subterranean areas. Authorization can be given only if one has an appointment, appears on a traffic/commercial manifest or schedule, or is cleared by someone within the company. Similar conditions apply to persons who wish to proceed beyond the reception area. The Arasaka Plaza, a small park surrounding the building, is open to the public, but company security patrols at all times.
The Research and Development Installation, situated in Northern part of Japan's main island of Honshu, is a secretive facility where only the most sensitive of research is carried out. This is the highly secretive installation where the five customized Microtech SARTA™ supercomputers containing the huge Arasaka database (thousands of MU) are located. It is also where the most sensitive research and development of new weapons and security systems and techniques is carried out. It is a sprawling complex of three large, unmarked, three-story white buildings. The buildings sit in the center of 5000 fenced acres of non-arable coastal land procured from the government after the world economic collapse of the 1990s. A subterranean structure extending five levels beneath the earth links the three buildings.
If security at the towers is high, security at the R&D site is hellish. The surrounding land is mined and monitored and patrolled by crack teams of soldiers accompanied by attack dogs. Military air defenses monitor the skies for unauthorized traffic. Veteran quick response teams led by experienced solos are on call 24 hours a day. A total of 150 soldiers are billeted on site and available at all times. In the event of an emergency, more troops can be parachuted in from the Hokkaido training facility within 45 minutes. More than one curious youngster from the nearby fishing village has disappeared without a trace after going on an exploration of the hills surrounding the R&D facility.
Hokkaido Training Camp
Located in the Northern island of Japan in the cold wilderness of the forested mountains of central Hokkaido is Arasakas main troop training facility. There, on a wide expanse of inhospitable land, several thousand potential guards, soldiers and agents go through tough courses in combat, security techniques, survival, infiltration, counter infiltration, espionage and counter espionage. Seasoned veterans run all aspects of the secretive training, pitting guards, soldiers and agents against each other in endless, harrowing exercises. Guards train for four months, soldiers train for eight months and special agents and bodyguards train for as long as deemed necessary. There are always several levels of training in progress at any given time. Seminars on loyalty to the Arasaka Corporation are also required study at the camp. Graduates are shipped out for assignment or on-site and special training. Those who fail the courses are shipped out in disgrace.
The Hokkaido camp's personnel facilities include an administration building, an officer's and trainers billet, and barracks for trainees. Aircraft land and take off from a full sized runway capable of handling heavy transports. Other buildings include two gymnasiums, a mess hall, four classroom buildings, and mock towns and tower sections for simulation training. Athletic fields, firing ranges, a hospital, hangars and storage buildings round out the camp.
The Hokkaido camp is not fenced, and there is little security other than a standing watch over the buildings, vehicles and automated air defenses. Any unauthorized intruders who disobey warnings to desist are shot or captured and interrogated. Counter infiltration is handled at the candidate recruitment stage back on Honshu. Any military attack will face the single largest concentration of Arasaka troops and hardware anywhere on earth. The only sensitive information on site are some equipment performance parameters and the identities of undercover Arasaka agents and solos. The inhospitable terrain surrounding the camp is a barrier to ground attack and the mountainous area limits air approaches to two directions.
The facility is located in the middle of nowhere, and as such has minimal security around the facility, any intruders are either shot or interrogated and if any larger forces foolishly decided to attack, they will find themselves up against the largest contingent of Arasaka soldiers anywhere on earth and all backed up by the latest equipment. Dozens of light to heavy vehicles are situated at the camp for any number of training exercises as well as several Ospreys, AVs and even two C-25 Cargo planes.
Yokohama Weapons Factories
The Arasaka weapons factories are located in a heavily secured 500 acre area of Yokohama in the Tokyo bay. There are three factories to be precise, all with their own specialty. The first factory produces the Kuma, Riot 8 and Combat 10 vehicles, the second one produces Arasaka weapons and personal armor, and finally the third one produces electronic security devices and computers. The factories sit on portside industrial land acquired in a post-Crash corporate take over. The vehicle factory is immense, containing assembly lines for all three vehicles. The security equipment and weapons production buildings are smaller than the vehicle factory, but still huge. All remaining space is devoted to warehouses, garrisons, rail tracks, piers, an administration building, and the Maritime Security School building, teaching up to 500 troops at any one time.
The facility has, in the past, been attacked by competitor Militech, and as such now features heavy security. The land was purchased by Arasaka and is policed by both the Corporate Security and Arasaka Police forces and has up to one thousand troops at any one time, not to mention the 500 or so Maritime recruits and the odd Solo. Since little sensitive data is stored at the factories there are fewer elite solos on site than at the R&D complex. Solos can be delivered within minutes, however, as it is only a short hop by air to the Tokyo tower. Arasaka has several smaller factories for component and accessory manufacture around the world, principally in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and factories under subsidiary names many other countries
Other Training Facilities
Arasaka maintains other, more specialized training facilities in several areas around the world. The four month courses in specialized combat and security techniques are given at these schools. The Maritime Security and Combat school is in Yokohama, the Jungle Operations School is in Brazil, the Winter Operations Camp is in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Airport Security School is located near Narita Airport in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, and the fledgling Space Operations School is at Crystal Palace, where it is run under strict watch by the ESA. Most Arasaka Towers maintain basic training facilities in or near their home cities, but those agents and troops who wish to advance within the company eventually ship out to the secretive Hokkaido camp.
The Arasaka Family Compound
- Main article: Arasaka Family Compound
The Arasaka Compound has been in the Arasaka family for many years and is situated on twenty acres of land, just outside of Tokyo. This impregnable fortress was built in the style of feudal Japan and acts as a headquarters for Saburo Arasaka and his family. The twenty acres is divided up by the main house, a gymnasium, Shinto shrine, a cherry grove garden and an Osprey landing pad. The facility is commanded by Shintaro Takayama, a close friend and loyal ally of Arasaka, and employs thirty live-in staff, all trained as both servants of the house and security guards. Only the most loyal, highly trusted and distinguished staff are placed here at the compound.
In case of any emergency, an Osprey is ready and waiting at all times to extract the family at a moments notice as well an escape tunnel and panic room able to supply up to ten people for a week. That of course is all unnecessary, as a detachment of Solo's are only a moment notice away at the Tokyo HQ.
Arasaka and the Net
Arasaka is, by nature of its information base, heavily tied into the Net. All Arasaka offices and installations around the world communicate through the Net, and there is always a large amount of activity centered out of the corporation's data processing, storage and control centers. Arasaka also has some of the tightest Net security to be found anywhere in the world. The corporation is well known among netrunners for its liberal use of black ICE, much of which is developed in-house. Also, Arasaka uses more of its own netrunners for security purposes than almost any other corporation. All of this makes penetrating Arasaka computer systems a formidable task indeed.
Of special note is the security surrounding the northern Honshu R&D facility's database. The legend among netrunners is that the security programs and intrusion countermeasures on that particular subgrid have claimed the lives of more netrunners than any other single installation. It is not known if anyone has ever penetrated to the data core without authorization.
Benkai Island Training Facility
- Main article: Benkei Island Training Facility
The Arasaka Benkei Island Training Facility is located on a small tropical island somewhere in the vicinity of Indonesia. Its exact location is kept a secret, for although it's used to train very few people at a time, it's very important to the corporation's covert operations. Because of this secrecy, access to Benkei Island is highly restricted. People and supplies are brought to the island by submarine.
Arasaka Sleep Facility
- Main article: Arasaka Sleep Facility
The Arasaka Sleep Facility is a subsidiary of the large Arasaka Corporation. The Sleep Facility are designed for the cyber edgrunners of 2020, these can be rented out from anybody willing to rest till tomorrow. The device's major market is available in Japan, United States, and just about every major country.
- Main article: Arasaka Waterfront
The Arasaka Waterfront is a large area found in Night City in Cyberpunk 2077. The Arasaka facility called Konpeki Plaza is located here. Konpeki Plaza is a facility where Arasaka employees can stay if they are visiting Night City or have no place to live in the city.
The major Arasaka towers (usually consisting of two large towers back to back, with black tinted windows and classical Japanese lobby interiors) can be found in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney, London, Hamburg, Paris, Madrid, Rome, Geneva, Stockholm, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Night City, Honolulu and Nairobi. Smaller offices exist in almost all major cities. In Japan almost every major city will have an Arasaka office; Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo, and Fukuoka. The United States is home to some of the most regional offices.
A tower contains the top Arasaka officials for any given region, including the National Directors and Regional Vice Presidents. Beneath the Regional VR will be the Regional Security Director, Regional Sales Director, and Regional Bank Director. Chain of command for the individual departments proceeds downwards from Region to Area, Local, District, and Site. The Tokyo tower has the offices for the corporation President, executive vice presidents, board of directors, and other top officials. All large offices also have R&D departments for developers either not cleared for the Honshu R&D facility, or who need to work in a specific area of the world for one reason or another.
Guards and soldiers are quartered and trained at specialized facilities around the world and throughout Arasaka served countries. Sizable contingents are always billeted and maintained at major towers for purposes of on-site security, quick response and firefighting. An Arasaka tower should have between one and two hundred guards and fifty and one hundred soldiers billeted on site at any given time, although not all of those will be on duty or available. Larger contingents of guards and troops intended for client rotation are maintained in barracks located outside of major cities. Most of the soldiers and guards available will be typical contract types, but some will be elite solos.
Security at Arasaka towers is, of course, rigid. Quads of armed guards and soldiers patrol twenty-four hours a day. Sensitive installations are under 24 hour manned protection. Special response teams are on call at all times, prepared to scramble in defense of the tower or any Arasaka client requesting aid. Redundant security systems monitor computers, access, and traffic control. Netrunners are on duty at all times, scanning for intrusion from the Net. Air defense systems under computer and human control can be activated at a moment's notice. Special security centers deep in the subterranean areas of each tower monitor and coordinate the individual security systems and teams.
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Products Line-Up 2020
Arasaka prefers to use its own equipment as much as possible. Of course, the volume of special operations run by Arasaka creates a demand for specialty equipment which falls outside the corporations manufacturing purview. The following are descriptions and stats on some of the equipment manufactured or commonly used by Arasaka executives, employees and troops. Some of this information also appears in Cyberpunk 2020 and Cyberpunk Chromebook. Costs are included so that characters may purchase any of these items.
- The name Arasaka is most likely a reference to Arisaka Nariakira, an Imperial Japanese Army lieutenant general, who designed the Arisaka family of rifles.
- The Japanese of Arasaka is "アラサカ社" said exactly how it's spelled, with soft sounding "a" as well as a soft "r."
- Going into Google maps, looking up Arasaka will take you to at least two options in Japan. Arasaka Minoyama in Kyoto and Arasaka Shizugawa in Miyagi Prefecture.
- The Arasaka Corporation is refereed to as a Shogunate and Saburo Arasaka a shogun at various points in Cyberpunk 2020.
- Shogunate: The Shogunate was the hereditary military dictatorship of Japan (1192–1867). Legally, the shogun answered to the emperor, but, as Japan evolved into a feudal society, control of the military became tantamount to control of the country. The emperor remained in his palace in Kyōto chiefly as a symbol of power behind the shogun. The term shogun appeared in various titles given to military commanders commissioned for the imperial government’s 8th- and 9th-century campaigns against the Ezo (Emishi) tribes of northern Japan.
- Hanako Arasaka is head of the Bakafu Faction, which is based off of Bakufu.
- Bakufu: The administration of a shogun is called bakufu (幕府) in Japanese and literally means "government from the maku (ja: 幕)." During the battles, the head of the samurai army used to be sitting in a scissor chair inside a semi-open tent called maku that exhibited its respective mon or blazon. The application of the term bakufu to the shogun government shows an extremely strong and representative symbolism.
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