Ashita City has been called the future on more than one occasion. The architectural design of the skyscrapers, and the highly advanced technological development industry within certainly contribute to the city’s reputation. However some anthropologists call the conflict between Kojiki Industries and the city’s Mutant population the future of the Meta-Human situation throughout the world. Many believe that as the total number of Meta-Humans world-wide increases, many of the problems Ashita City has faced will occur. Ashita City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, with Private Security and Police being its largest industry.
The Sanbiki no Saru Council: In 1993 the League of Nations issued a doctrine highlighting the top fifty cases of violations to Basic Human Rights. Kojiki Industries handling of the Mutant situation in Ashita City, and the uncaring Japanese government was 11th on that list. There was considerable backlash for Japan, until the Emperor of Japan put forward the idea of the Sanbiki no Saru Council. Named after the Japanese folklore of the three wise monkeys See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no evil. The emperor put forward that this council of three would be in charge of all Mutant affairs in Ashita City. The Kojiki CEO occupies the Mizaru position (See no Evil) who is in charge of monitoring all potential Mutant Crimes. Originally an appointee made by the Emperor fills the Kikazaru slot (Hear no Evil) is in charge of keeping Mutants out of the public eye, a master spin-doctor. And finally C.A.P.E.’s Regional Director for Ashita City fills the Iwazaru position (Speak no Evil). The chief assignment for this position is making sure basic human rights are being upheld in Kojiki’s treatment of Mutants. This position originally had very little clout in the city since almost always the C.A.P.E. official is out voted by the two Japanese members. This changed in 2010 when America leveraged additional C.A.P.E. support for changes to the Council appointments. Instead of having the Kikazaru seat be an appointee made by the Emperor it instead became an electable office. This changed the game considerably, no longer the puppet of Kojiki, the Kikazaru seat now became a wild card. With a 4 year long term, there has only been one election to date for the seat of Kikazaru, and it has seen the introduction of the first Mutant elected official. Promising to be a bridge between the Mutant population and the general populace, Councilman Daichi Kim is considered by many to be the one hope at civil peace for Ashita City. While this remains to be seen the Sanbiki no Saru Council will certainly be the guiding hand of Ashita City’s fate.
Kojiki Industries: Indisputably the biggest player in Ashita City, Kojiki was founded in 1970 as an alternative to foreign powers policing the city’s Mutant population. The company was initially praised by American and Japanese politicians, claiming the company promoted capitalism. This was of course during the Cold War, when the threat of Communism was ever present. As time went on however the company’s true colors have been showed. Kojiki has received numerous sanctions against it by the League of Nations for inhumane practices. Still it remains an extremely profitable corporation, selling off its Mutant pacification technology to various interests across the world.
C.A.P.E.: In 1966 C.A.P.E. was the major power in Ashita City, Japan requested C.A.P.E.’s presence to help control the budding Mutant Population. They were met with hostility initially, seeing it as a new occupation of America. In 1970 Kojiki assumed the role as primary police force for the Mutant population, however C.A.P.E. maintained its presence in Ashita City. Acting now mostly in an advisory capacity, C.A.P.E. was called upon for precision operations, or circumstances that were considered delicate. Since 2010, C.A.P.E. has had considerably more clout in Ashita City. This is due to two factors, the first is a larger presence in Ashita City in response to increased Mutant terrorist attacks. The second is changes to the Sanbiki no Saru Council that Washington forced on Japan, with the Kikazaru seat now holding a Mutant, C.A.P.E. has been able to bargain from a much stronger seat in the council. Although C.A.P.E. is still largely treated as outside interest, they are slowly becoming popular among opponents of Kojiki Industries for their numerous political clashes.
Sons of Yomi: Some view them as terrorist, others look at them as liberators. The Sons of Yomi was originally a term used for dissidents who resisted the first Dread Hunter program in 1985. As time went on the term became a cultural heritage. It is unclear when exactly the Sons of Yomi graduated from a slang term to a loosely connected gang, but it did. C.I.A. and C.A.P.E. reports estimate that the gang became a true militant organization during the Arachneri Invasion. The Sanbiki no Saru council may have inadvertently made the Sons of Yomi the organization that it is today, since it was them who originally reached out to the gangs of Mutants to organize the mutant population into a force against the Arachneri. The Sons of Yomi emerged into power shortly after the Great Betrayal of the Sanbiki no Saru Council. The Council having refused to sign into law the Mutant Bill of Rights in spite of the aid rendered during the Invasion incited the Mutant population. The rate of inductees into the rebel group skyrocketed. They have made several attacks of various ranges, nothing major, and nothing too brutal. To date the Sanbiki no Saru Council will not acknowledge any of their demands officially.
The Mutant Libertine Party: Some call the Sons of Yomi heroes, however they are ignorant. If you want to change things, you need to play the game a little. This has been the theory behind the first registered Mutant party. To date all the party has accomplished has been through its one elected official Councilman Daichi Kim. And in the three years of the party’s reign, most victories have been only beneficial to C.A.P.E. and its position in Ashita City. Some would say the Party has, so far, been little more than C.A.P.E.‘s puppet. But that’s the way the world works, you got to scratch their back if you want your back to get scratched as well. Aside from the Sons of Yomi, the Mutant Libertine Party is seen as the most public face of Mutants anywhere.
1945- Hiroshima and Nagasaki are destroyed by an Atomic Bomb, Kami City is destroyed by the Meta-Human Triumph in a fight against the Meta-Human Kami. End of World War II in Asia and beginning of the Occupation of Japan.
1948- The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) is established to investigate the long term effects of exposure to radiation.
1949- The ABCC release a report on the harmful effects of long term exposure to radiation. In it the ABCC highlight the difference between regular radiation generated by the detonation of an atomic bomb, and residual radiation from Triumph’s attack on Kami City. In the report they conclude that radiation generated by the Cosmic Solution is inherently safe, the reason for this in unclear.
1950- A massive reconstruction effort is made on the remains of Kami City. In just under a year most of the rubble has been cleared and a small community has risen from its ashes. The community is named Ashita City, the resilient inhabitants hopeful for tomorrow.
1951- Treaty of San Francisco ends the Occupation of Japan and formally concludes hostilities between Japan and the US. Part of the treaty explicitly forbids Japan from developing the Cosmic Solution in the future.
1962- James F. Crow examines the ABCC report on the effects of Cosmic Solution Radiation in a paper he published. In it, he makes the first recorded mention of the large number of births of abnormal children in Ashita City. His report notes that these children have superior strength and intellect, assigning them the title of Mutant, a new breed of Meta-Human caused by exposure to Triumph’s power or more accurately the lingering radiation and presumably other powers like his ability.
1966- The Mutants begin to become a major issue in Ashita City. As many Mutants enter their adolescence the unarmed paltry police force Japan is able to employ according to the San Francisco Treaty, is no match for the mischievous and hormonal Meta-Human youths. C.A.P.E. offers its services to Ashita City as a means of regulating the Mutant population.
1970- Kojiki Industries is founded, they offer Private Police Forces for the growing Mutant concern in Ashita City. The U.S. withdraws most of C.A.P.E.‘s presence praising Kojiki for being ’a force of Capitalism, in a disturbingly Red world’. Regional Director of Ashita City, Timothy Duvar objects this action, calling the Mutant situation in Ashita City ‘delicate’.
1971- Kojiki institutes the Mutant registration act, this is met with large amounts of resistance from the Mutant population. Tensions rise.
1985- Kojiki Industries announces the start of the Dread Hunter Program. Unleashing numerous Hunter-Killer robots who seek out unlawful Mutants. Mutants who aren’t registered with Kojiki Industries deemed unlawful.
1988- Mutant Civil Rights Movement begins, protests span as far as Tokyo itself.
1989- Fearing the Mutant problem might spread to the rest of Japan, a new law is instituted restricting registered Mutant movement. Visas are now needed to leave Ashita City if you are a Mutant. The Konjin Riots occur, property damage in Ashita City skyrockets. Kojiki request assistance from the League of Nations. In response C.A.P.E. launches Operation: Echo with assistance from Kojiki. A scorched earth response to the riots. Thanks to the success of Operation: Echo, order is restored in Ashita City.
1993- The Sanbiki no Saru Council is established and placed in charge of all Mutant Affairs in Japan. This is in response from a doctrine from the League of Nations highlighting the lack of basic Human rights in Ashita City. The council is intended to ensure Mutants are treated with dignity, although many criticize the council for being complacent with Kojiki’s actions.
1996- Arachneri Invasion; the Sanbiki no Saru Council forces an alliance between the Mutant population and Kojiki Industries to help turn back the alien invaders.
1997- End of Arachneri Invasion; Ashita City survives aside from being one of three main invasion points (the other two being Ganoth Central and Unity City); C.A.P.E. notes that Mutants played a key role in the survival of Ashita City; the Dread Hunter Program, which had been shut down during the invasion is formerly abolished.
1999- A Mutant Bill of Rights begins to gain traction in Ashita City; Supporters claim Mutants have earned the right to be trusted during the Arachneri Invasion; the Sanbiki no Saru choose not to ratify the Mutant Bill of Rights, this is referred to as the Great Betrayal.
2002- C.A.P.E. releases a list of ‘Meta-Human Threats’ on it, they make mention of a rapidly growing terrorist organization known as the Sons of Yomi, a militant Mutant group based in Ashita City; the Dread Hunter program is re-instituted under the hand of Doctor Yuesef, an exonerated war criminal from the Cold War.
2010- The Sons of Yomi continue to grow in power; Kojiki requests additional assistance from C.A.P.E.; Washington grants the additional C.A.P.E. presence in exchange for more of a say in the Sanbiki no Saru Council.