|This article is about the company. For other uses in the Cyberpunk Universe, see Kiroshi Optics (disambiguation).|
– Wakamoto Noriko, Business Manager for Kiroshi, Cyberpunk 2020
Matsushima-Kiroshi Optics, Kiroshi Optics or just Kiroshi, is a Japanese corporation that originated in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. It's a relatively small Japanese corporate group that specializes in cyberware, consisting of Kiroshi General Cybernetics and Kiroshi Optics, known collectively as the Kiroshi Group. It is widely regarded as the leading expert in producing optical cyberware.
An industry leader in optics design and manufacturing. Kiroshi is well known to most users as a producer of high quality cyberoptic implants and scanners, but the company is also heavily invested in orbital programs across Asia and the Americas. After a brief conflict with the European Zeiss company during the Fourth Corporate War, the two rivals signed a peace treaty and divided their spheres of influence. However they remained in a state of cold war, spying on one another, and possibly sabotaging each other's projects. Kiroshi are also shrewd advertisers of their products. They sponsor celebrities and pop artists like Us Cracks, who are known for their unique and eccentric eye implants.
1990s - 2020s
Kiroshi is the general name of a small corporate group called, appropriately enough, "The Kiroshi Group." The Corporate group was founded in Kamisuwa, Nagano, Japan. It is a cybernetics company and is number one in the world in the making of optics. The corporation consist of two companies: Kiroshi General Cybernetics and Kiroshi Optics, of which Optics gets the lion's share of the business.
In 2013 the group changed its name from "Kiro-shiya" to "Kiroshi." It was originally a watch manufacturer in Kamisuwa, which expanded in the 1980s. It got its biggest boost by launching an orbital factory with the aid of JAB and Kenjiri Technology. Kiroshi got the availability to monopolized the optics business due to the quality of its orbital eyes and other products, such as the Optishield, the optical HUD (heads-up display), the optical remote cyber-cam, and the anti-dazzle protection "Opti-Flash."
Kiroshi maintained very close ties with Kenjiri, and they had a joint design firm in orbit, to be closer to the manufacturing process. In 2020, Kiroshi was aiming to dominate the Asian market. Hong Kong and Shanghai, where cheap Kiroshi imitations are made, were the corporations prime targets. Aside from the Headquarters in Nagano, Kiroshi has other major offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Seattle, Night City, Washington, D.C., Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore. Kiroshi products can be found just about anywhere in the world, from smaller shops to large electronic chains.
In 2077, Kiroshi has invested heavily in orbital facilities and generally much of it's manufacturing is done within their stations. Kiroshi has also invested heavily into marketing it's products through celebrities and notable figures worldwide. One of their largest advertising campaigns features the hit Japanese idol group Us Cracks. The Kiroshi Corporation announced that it was working on new tetrachromatic optic implants. Kiroshi claimed that the new implant would increase the visible spectrum of light.
|Optics||Kiroshi Optics Mk.1, Kiroshi Optics Mk.2, Kiroshi Optics Mk.3|
- Kiroshi is one letter off Karōshi which is spelled "過労死." Which can be translated literally as "overwork death". There is no confirmation that this is what they meant to do.
- Kiroshi is also very similar to 着る視 (kiru-shi) which translates literally as "eyes to wear/wearable eyes." Its previous name, Kiro-shiya, is similarly adjacent to 着る視野 (kiru-shiya) which approximately means "wearable vision."
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