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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.

The Arasaka Corporation (Japanese: アラサカ社 or 荒坂社), is a world-wide megacorporation dealing in corporate security, banking, and manufacturing. It is one of the most influential megacorporations in the world. The company is also the largest distributor of Japanese-made merchandise throughout the American, European, and Asian markets. Arasaka-branded weapons and military vehicles are among the most sought after by police and security firms.[2] 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.[3]

The Arasaka Corporation maintains one of the largest and most powerful armed forces of any corporation in the world. Arasaka guards or troops are renowned worldwide and feared by many. Most firms will look to licensing from Arasaka corporate security guards, couriers, or mercenaries to protect their assets. However Arasaka assets will take priority if they are at risk, the troops themselves are loyal to death to the Japanese conglomerate.[4]

Arasaka has made a habit of buying up other companies worldwide, and bleeding out the competition of other Japanese corporations. They also give a heavy amount support to Japanese communities all over the globe, despite their business practices and overall history being considered unethical.[3]

History

1900s - 1997

The Arasaka Corporation was founded in early 1915 by Sasai Arasaka in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The company originally was focused on manufacturing and took full advantage of World War II to forward their wealth and power by supplying the Imperial Army. However Sasai foresaw the defeat of Japan and worked to ensure his company and fortune would survive the war by spreading his wealth across the globe, out of the reach of the post-war leadership. Soon enough the Japanese surrendered and the country was in ruin with most cities destroyed by the constant bombings (with the exception of Kyoto).

On August 15th, 1945, the Emperor broadcast the edict of surrender and renounced his divinity. Saburo Arasaka, a former lieutenant in the Imperial Japanese Navy and son of Sasai, 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, 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 began the studies of politics, economics and history that continued until his fathers death.

Although Japan's economy and industry were in ruins, Saburo studied all matters of business, economics, and politics while attending Todai. This was to ensure we had the skills necessary to accomplish his goals. 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.[3]

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 company, just reestablishing itself in international commerce. Saburo's father had been slowly retrieving the capital and resources kept secret during the war. Saburo himself then proceed to continue 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 vision 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. Despite it being a long, arduous task, he believed 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, in 1970 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.[3] 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 division was one of Arasaka's three most powerful holdings, equaled only by the Arasaka Bank and Arasaka Manufacturing.

Saburo's dedication to his 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 investments, make the Arasaka Corporation one of the few commercial institutions to profit from the crash. Arasaka was big before the crash, but in the period afterwards it assumed gigantic stature, becoming one of the largest Megacorporations 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.

Arasaka's control over the government of Japan was becoming problematic in the late 1990s. Saburo was close to having complete control with 60% of the Diet being Arasaka bought politicians. This didn't last as many other large Japanese corporations weren't fond of Arasaka having control of the country. Due to the growing fear a group was formed by large and small Japanese corporations that united under FACS (Far Asain Co-prosperity Sphere) banner. This countered Saburo's control of the government and many politicians were arrested. FACS would continue to undermine Arasaka's plans in the coming decades.

1997 - 2020

The years from 1997 to 2020, however, 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. During this time Saburo stepped down as CEO and in his place was his son Kei Arasaka 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.[3]

The the United Sates, Arasaka of America faced major terrorist attacks on it's headquarters in Night City. A rockerboy named Johnny Silverhand led a riot at the base of the Tower in 2013. Upon Assualting the newly built HQ, Johnnny murders multiple Arasaka employees as well as the CEO of the American branch Toshiro.

In 2020, an Arasaka Cargo Submarine and its crew including Captain Hyung Mitsumoto sunk in the North Pacific. This led to the acquisition of IDA (International Defense Alliance), an independent organization that was then put under the Arasaka subsidiary, Sato Commercial Shipping. A covert IDA team was dispatched to the Bonin trench to bring the sub to the surface.

Fourth Corporate War (2022-2023)

Main article: Fourth Corporate War

In 2021 and oceanic corporation known as Internationale Handelsmarine Aktiengesellschaft, IHAG, announced bankruptcy. Both CINO and OTEC were 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.[5] They couldn't continue effectively 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. However, in the Arasaka tradition, Kei would stop at nothing to make sure his side was victorious, and he would never step down from a direct offense to Arasaka. 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. 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 occurred and Arasaka lost.

The end of the war saw the death of Kei Arasaka and the destruction of the Arasaka tower in Night City, as it was destroyed with a mini Nuke by a Militech operative team. President Kress blamed the Night City bombing 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 was saved. Arasaka was reduced to a Japan-only Corporation for the next decade.

2040 - 2076

Even after the defeat in the Fourth Corporate War, Arasaka maintained one of the largest armed forces of any other corporation. The corporation had most of it's operations limited to Japan and heavily reduced. Despite the the situation Arasaka still managed to hold onto a majority of their assets.[4] By 2040, the Arasaka Corporation rebuilt itself and was slowly gaining back much of it's prior strength. The corporation was also attempting to amend it's relations with America and being welcomed back to continue it's operations. Arasaka still had small operations in select parts of America, however nothing official. Arasaka still covertly licensed their troops to other firms worldwide, however they would have to use the uniforms of their new "employers." The Arasaka Corporation's goal had not changed, the plan to return to political and economic height it held in the 2020s.[4]

Arasaka may have been under the nominal control of Saburo Arasaka, but for many years there stood factions vying for dominance. As of 2045, there were three major factions struggling to come out on top. Each one hoping their family patriarch, Saburo, would eventually hand the reigns over to them. The Arasaka Factions of 2045 were as follows:

  • The Kiji 雉 (Green Pheasant) Faction: As led by Hanako, this faction was essentially a continuation of the mainline. But as Hanako was something of a recluse, she was more interested in her Netrunning experiments than in gathering power, the Kiji faction was mostly trying to maintain the Corporation according to Saburo Arasaka's sweeping vision.
  • The Taka 鷹 (Hawk) Faction: As led by Yorinobu, Saburo's second son. Yorinobu was still a renegade who opposed the other factions to his own ends. Thought to have been Soulkilled by his elder brother Kei, it turned out that the person who ended up under the probes was a body double; Yorinobu made sure that during the War he was impossible to find. As long as his father was in control, Yorinobu will still be out there trying to bring about its downfall.
  • Hato 鳩 (Dove) Faction: Centered on Michiko Arasaka, Kei's only daughter and Saburo's granddaughter. This faction had allied itself behind the American-born Arasaka, although in truth the youngest member of the Arasaka family wanted nothing to do with her family's Megacorp. But as a figurehead, the Hato Faction considered her a valuable asset that would provide them legitimacy should they take command after Saburo's death.

After decades of internal struggle, the conflict was eventually resolved and the corporation slowly restored to its former power. Arasaka's world influnece was still present as it remained at the top after the rebuild area. 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.[5] Arasaka arrived in Coronado Bay with their supercarrior as the NUSA troops were ready for the invasion of the city, the US troops were ordered to retreat in fear of the already unstable US collapsing due to another conflict. The Arasaka Corporation was once again welcomed into the Americas as they rebuilt their American headquarters in Night City.

2077

In 2077, Arasaka is stronger than ever and has fully reclaimed its position in Night City after intervening in the Unification War.[6][7] The company introduced a revolutionary new line of premium biochip called the Relic, which was advertised as a means for buyers to preserve a copy of their personalities for future generations to interact with.

A Militech operatives team discovered that Arasaka had been hiding the fact that they had a Mass driver on the moon. A tool used to throw objects from space to Earth for easier transportation of minerals, as well as an effective weapon. The ESA was the only organization allowed to operate and own Massdrivers, a edge they wanted to keep, because of this Militech tip off the ESA council to hurt Arasaka. ESA called an intimidate meeting to reexamine Arasaka's license in space affairs. The ones responsible for the mistake were Arasaka America, of the Night City operatives branch, many employees feared Japan's response. In an attempt to cover their tracks Arthur Jenkins ordered to a flatline of members of the council, a move among other decisions that costed him his life.

Saburo continued serving as Arasaka's CEO up until his death, when he was murdered by Yorinobu. The Arasaka patriarch's death was covered up and attributed to natural causes, and Yorinobu consolidated the company's support and became the new CEO. Some within the company viewed Yorinobu's sudden ascension with suspicion, and considered backing Hanako.[8]

Yorinobu made controversial decisions within the company such as selling assets of facilities in Fukuoka and other places in Japan. The Arasaka Corporation's stock jump up by 3% after the decision was made. Arasaka sponsored the Dashi Parade a classical Japanese festival within Japantown, Night City. The parade would also became the festival in rememberence of Saburo Arasaka, one that Hanako would attend prior to the news of her fathers passing. During this time tensions were rising between Arasaka and Militech, corporate sabotage could lead to another Corporate War between the two corporations.

Depednent

In the Devil Ending, Hanako Arasaka enlisted the help of a local merc name V, Relic project director Anders Hellman, her personal bodygaurd Sandayu Oda and Saburo's personal bodygaurd Goro Takemura to confront the board of Directors of the Arasaka Corporation with the evidence of Yorinobu murdering Saburo Arasaka. Upon arrival in the Arasaka of America HQ, Hanako and V visited Mikoshi to speak with Saburo, who survived as an engram. After a brief discussion of the current events Hanako brought the engram of her father to where they meet with Oda and Takemura before seeing the board. Hanako introdcues V as a wittness to Saburo's murder, and reveals the truth of Yorinobu. The board as well as Michiko Arasaka were in disbelief, until Hanako shows the engram of Saburo who scolded the board of their cowardice. Before any descisions are made, Yorinobu's loyal soldiers break and murder the board beside Hanako and Michiko. Takemura and V fought off the opposing force.

V and Takemura fought back against Chief of secuirity and Yorinobu's personal bodyguard Adam Smasher. After defeating him, V followed Hanako's orders in stopping Yorinobu from the military coup. Yorinobu had given his faction the chance in Kyoto, Dubai, Paris, and Night City to remove all other factions and keep Taka in control. Yorinobu mentioned he had plans to bring down the Empire until Hanako came in to confort him. He was convinced by his sister to restore honor to the Arasaka family by allowing their father to take over his body using the Relic technology.

After the attmpted coup, Saburo Arasaka reappears to the world in the body of Yorinobu, and promises to fix what his son started. The Arasaka Corporation made peace with Militech, as the two worked towards a lasting peace. The Arasaka Corporation signs deals with President Meyers to remain perminat allies. The Arasaka Relic project proved a success despite protest across the world, the corporation remained a major power as well as the largest presence in space blocking Militech from diversifying.

In any ending without intration with the Arasaka family, Yorinobu was successful in taking control of the Arasaka Corporation through a military coup. The Relic project folded as the corporation reported major loses in the funding of the project. Mikoshi was destroyed by Alt Cunningham. Much political power was lost as the Arasaka Corporation lost major assets as the it tried to reorganize after the coup. The Arasaka Corporation's future is unclear.

Controversies

Like most megacorporations, Arasaka is frequently accused of unethical practice such as blackmail, bribery, 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.[5]

Main Intent & Services

Security Division

The Arasaka Corporation is highly diversified corporation, however only one of its branches is much more ubiquitously visible than the others, especially in Europe and the United States: the Arasaka Security division. Arasaka is famous for their black clad guards that are employed many of the powerful people and corporations in the world. 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 organizations and companies. Arasaka is the world's most obvious force for private and corporate security contracting. It is common knowledge that the Arasaka Security is the best way to protect a person's assets or themselves, Arasaka contracts and rents its security services in various ways.[9]

The more well known and most obvious is the corporate security force - the ubiquitous armed black guards. 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 every corporation or organization has the power, money, or motivation necessary to form their own security division. The alternative to this 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 known to be the best trained and best equipped then any other service. They are not cheap, but the investment is generally considered profitable. 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 contracting 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 also always 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 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.

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.

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.

The last type of personnel that Arasaka contracts out are security consultants. If someone wants good security run by inhouse people, but lacks the expertise, an option to hire a team of Arasaka Security Consultants to inspect facilities, and do an analysis of the capabilities of potential enemies. The consultants will use that information to make a recommendation on the type and strength of the security forces someone should maintain, and the kinds of equipment and countermeasures needed to install. Consultants will operate on any scale, from personal bodyguarding to worldwide corporate protection.

Police Services

A sub-division of its Security Division, 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. The 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, much like any corporate police, are required to work within the limits of civil and federal laws 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. 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), and Singapore; as well as several major Japanese cities including Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Yokohama, and Sapporo. Tokyo, interestingly enough, is still using a public police department despite Arasaka pressure.

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 in 1915. During the 1930s and 1940s the company took full advantage of the war and was heavily involved in the heavy industry side of things, 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 till Saburo took over in the 1960s the industrial manufacturing division picked back up. The company moved away from the Heavy Industry sector and moved mostly into manufacturing equipment for its own forces which fit into categories; light arms, computers, armor and small vehicles.

The 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 began producing heavy weapons and exotics. Most of Arasaka's weapons production runs to small arms, tasers, EMP guns, automated guns, smart guns, melee katanas/tantos, and anti-personnel mines. They also manufacture a line of body armor and an assortment of very popular vehicles. Although their weapon sales are nowhere near that of Militech, Arasaka's sales are brisk and their weapons are some of the most sought after from governments and corporations alike.

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.

Banking

The last core section and pillar 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 1960s, 70s and 80s. 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 Saburo's expert touch, the Bank has turned a steady profit since its inception. Saburo's 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

The Arasaka Corporation 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 is personally chosen by Saburo Arasaka such as: Shintaro Takayama, Katsuo Iwashima, or Goro Takemura. Arasaka guards, soldiers, and agents can be any race, nationality, or gender.

Executives

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.

Corporate Soldiers

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.

Bodyguards

Arasaka bodyguards either dress in black or white suits, however the if client requires it they can 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.

Special Agents

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.

Service Employees

Arasaka service employees use 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.

Market Strategy

Arasaka may have ultimately been no more than a tool for Saburo's grand scheme, but the corporation functions despite this, as a legitimate and profitable business. 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. The Arasaka Corporation sponsors a variety of events, festivals, companies, brandances, anime, media personal, stores, hotels, and many more. There are more discreet tactics for marketing the three core branches of the corporation.

Arasaka Security

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

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

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.

Corporate Value

The total value of Arasaka's properties in 2020 was roughly ¥9.5 Trillion, €$475 Billion. Together with two or three other large corporations, Arasaka is approaching the barrier of half a billion Eb. Of those €$475 billion, €$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. By 2077, the corporation doubled it's value to €$890 Billion Eurodollars across all it's total properties.

Action Taken

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.

Material Resources

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.

Human Resources

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.

Black Resources

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.

Subsidiary Companies

Arasaka has more subsidiaries than almost any other corporation in the world. 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

Arasaka Tokyo Headquarters used as backdrop in a Japanese Film.

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 statements. 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, explaining how its manufacturing arm and subsidiaries, and sponsoring many festivals or expos that are the backbone of an economically sound in Japan. Though there is truth to this 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 allies

Arasaka Corporate Meeting

The Arasaka Corporation 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 have some relation to Arasaka, and 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 in the past are InfoComp, which had 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.

Notable Employees

Main article: List of Arasaka employees

Game Entry

The Arasaka Corporation is the longest-operating megacorp in the world. Its origins date back to the mid-20th centruy when a young man Saburo Arasaka inherited his father's nascent company, transforming it into a global leader in security. Today, the Arasaka Corporation is known as an arms-manufacturing giant that has had its hands in miltary conflicts across all continants. Due to the latest advances in technology and the company's seemingly unlimited capital, Arasaka is poised to achieve its political goals on a massive scale. Arasaka's solders and agents are known not only for their excellent training, but also for their steadfast loyalty to corporate values and CEO Saburo Arasaka himself, who, despite his advancing age, continues to govern the corporation with an iron fist. Even disscussions of succession plan must be kept to a whisper, because no one would dare openly question the authority of the world's greatest weapons empire... Almost no one.

Key Facilitates

Tokyo Headquarters

Main article: Arasaka Tower (Tokyo)

The Arasaka Corporation is headquartered 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 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. The Arasaka Tower dominates 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. The lobby interior decorations has a tasteful blend of modern and contemporary Japanese artwork and sculpture. Most of the interior shows functional elegance, with true luxury appearing only in the upper executive areas. Arasaka regional offices around the world follow the same pattern with their buildings looking almost identical.

Night City American Division Headquarters

Main article: Arasaka Tower (Night City)

The Arasaka American Division is headquartered in Night City, NUSA and originally consisted of two skyscrapers before it was destroyed in 2023 by a Militech strike team.[10] The new headquarters was rebuilt in 2070 after Arasaka was allowed to operate in the US again. The new tower consisted of one tall skyscraper that stands as the tallest structure in the Corpo Plaza. The building is black with dark tinted glass, near the top of the tower is the white backlit Arasaka logo. It's heavily guarded, heliports and AV-4 pads on the top, and with a restricted subterranean parking and loading area.

Main Honshu R&D installation

Main article: Arasaka Northern Honshu R&D

The main Arasaka Research and Development Installation, situated in the 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 a highly secretive installation where the five customized supercomputers containing the huge Arasaka database (thousands of MU) are located.

R&D Facilities

Besides the Main Honshu R&D facility, Arasaka also has smaller R&D facilities throughout Japan. The most noteworthy Arasaka R&D facilities can also be found in China and Kazakhstan, as well as the southern continent of Antartica. Smaller R&D facilities are also located in South America and North America.[11]

Hokkaido Training Camp

Main article: Arasaka Hokkaido Training Camp

Located in the Northern island of Japan in the cold wilderness of the forested mountains of central Hokkaido is Arasaka's 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.

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.

Yokohama Weapons Factories

Main article: Arasaka Weapons Factories (Yokohama)

The Arasaka Weapons Factories is the largest industrial park located in Yokohama, Japan. The Arasaka Corporation pruchased the 500 acre land during the the Crash of '94. The massive factory complex is located near the port in Tokyo Bay, and is used to supply a majority of Arasaka soldiers and troops.

Manufacturing Facilities

Other Arasaka Manufacturing facilities can be found all across Japan and South East Asia. The more notworthy facilities can be found in Taiwan, New Philippines, and Antartica. Multiple Arasaka Manufacturing facilities are seen in Europe and the Americas.[12] Arasaka has several smaller factories for component and accessory manufacture around the world, principally in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, and factories under subsidiary names in many other countries.

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 edgerunners 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.[13]

Arasaka Waterfront

Main article: Arasaka Waterfront

The Arasaka Waterfront is a large area found in the Watson District of Night City. 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.[14]

Space Facilities

The Arasaka Space Facilities can be found across low orbit of Earth.

Regional Offices

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.

Personnel

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

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.

Gallery

Products Line-up 2077

Arasaka weapons as well as vehicles are among the most sought after by police and security forces. This list provides all products available to V in Cyberpunk 2077.

Type Products
Guns Ronin HS8, TKI-20 Shingen, HJSH-18 Masamune, JKE-X2 Kenshin, Tamayura, Shigure, HJKE-11 Yukimura, Nowaki
Melee Mantis Blades, Thermal Katana, Gorilla Arms
Vehicles
Clothing & Armor Arasaka Cap with Camera, Arasaka Ultralight Hybrid Tactical Harness, Arasaka Armor-Weave Tactical Vest, Arasaka Thermoset Aramid Collar, Arasaka Polycarbonate Lazed Bulletproof Aramid Vest, Arasaka Polyamide Corpo-Skirt, Arasaka Hazmat Suit
Cyberware Gorilla Arms, Projectile Launch System
Cyberdecks Arasaka MK.1, Arasaka MK.2, Arasaka MK.3, Arasaka MK.4
Robots Arasaka Robot R MK.2
Mi

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Arasaka Security Turret

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.

Type Products
Weapons Arasaka WAA Bullpup Assault Weapon, Arasaka WMA "Minami 10", Arasaka WSA Autopistol, Arasaka WCAA "Rapid Assault Shot 12", Arasaka WXA Computer Aimed Weapon, Sternmeyer M-5A Squad Automatic Weapon, Kendachi Monoknife®, Arasaka WXA Computer-Aimed Weapon, Barret-Arasaka Light-20, Arasaka Arms Half-Bow, Arasaka "Nauseator" Riot-Control Device, Arasaka WCCA Susano-0, Setsuko-Arasaka WSE "Kajiya", Setsuko-Arasaka Nova, Setsuko-Arasaka PMS, Barrett-Arasaka WSSE "Hiyari", Arasaka WSS/R "Dahiyari", Arasaka EMF Launcher
Wheeled Vehicles Arasaka Riot 8, Arasaka Combat 10, Arasaka Kuma Land Rover
Motorcycles
Vehicle Collabs
Aerodyne
Helicopters Lexus ZS-5000 Security Retrofit, Boeing C-25 Cargo Aircraft
Tank Arasaka Daisasori Urban Combat Cyberwalk
Full Body Conversion Arasaka "DAIONI"
ACPA Arasaka Standard-B (Mohanjin-B), Arasaka Standard-C (Mohanjin-C)
Equipment Toshiba PRC-10 Two-Way Radio, Arasaka Omnitec Radar Detector, Arasaka "Komaku" Laser Mikes, Arasaka JetSetter Executive Briefcase, Arasaka ECM Comm-Scrambler, Arasaka "Scanaway" Scanner Gates, Arasaka RDAK Spy & Assassin Remote, Arasaka R-101 Lie Detector, Arasaka "Blackjack" Stealth Armor

Trivia

  • 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 name Arasaka could also be a reference to the iconic Arasaka HLR-12X Heavy Laser Rifle from the 1982 manga and 1988 anime movie Akira.
  • 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, in Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart Kit, 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.
  • In the lore, Arasaka breaks into three warring factions. Kiji, Hato, and rebel faction Taka as stated in "The World of Cyberpunk 2077." However in the Cyberpunk Red Jumpstart kit, the names were; Bakafu, Princess, and Rebel. The difference between the two books is a mystery.

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