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On a Knife's Edge, a Post Weltkrieg 2 Kaiserreich Japan Game

1949, Turn 1
  • Jakarta

    Cutest Mod
    Moderator

    1st of January, 1949. Japan

    It is yet the dawn of another year within Japan, all the way from Karafuto (Sakhalin) in the North to the Isle of Taiwan in the south, Japan once again rouses for it’s daily business, the day is looking good, if a bit chilly. For most Japanese citizens who go about their daily business.

    All with one major exception.

    The ruling Socialist Party Government at this time, the Shakai Taishuto, is about to open their new year with another set of policies, policies aimed to strengthen Japan and her allies in the face of the Third Internationale, they are under no illusions, the Third Internationale, now owning practically all of Europe, significant parts of South America and Africa, and not to mention Canada, are under Syndicalist rule, and it is under no doubt that London and Paris hold the superior position, at least early within this Cold War.

    Your allies are either too weak or too much focused on improving their domestic economic conditions to be of much help, even your most ‘reliable’ allies, namely Russia and India, are still incredibly underdeveloped countries, with rates of poverty far, far higher than any of their European equivalent.

    The Internationale has access to some of the best Universities, Industries, and Economies in the world, and while Japan is certainly advanced, even Japan could not hold back the combined might of the entirety of Europe.

    At least, not alone.

    In Russia, the Japanese Army stands guard, from Volgograd all the way to the Arctic Circle, the Japanese Army of the Volga and the Japanese Army of the Urals are holding steady, watching out in the event of any Syndicalist/ West Russian incursion into Russian territory. While Japanese firms and businesses are busy investing what profits they have into the underdeveloped economies of Asia, slowly but surely developing countries that are within the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

    The enemy is mighty, but you must insure that they will not win, and by the Emperor’s Might, you shall!

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    IMMEDIATE CONCERNS THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, TAKING ACTIONS ON IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WILL NOT COST AN ACTION POINT.

    Demobilization.
    The Imperial Japanese Military is mighty, but not so mighty that it can manage to maintain an active force of more than 2 million personnel of any kind at all times, perhaps in the future, we can maintain a peacetime force, but for now, you cannot.

    They have a huge budget, no doubt about it, and the country is prosperous, but reductions in active duty personnel is a must, already our spies are seeing the French and British militaries demobilizing, pumping more and more men back into their economy.

    Now, what shall Japan do?

    You have:
    1.89 Million Men in the Army
    248.580 Men in the Air Force
    10 Carriers, 4 Battleships, 8 Armored Cruisers, 11 Fast Battleships, 21 Cruisers, 14 Light Cruisers, 112 Submarines and 184 Destroyers

    How many of our personnel should be left when our military has demobilized?
    [ ] Army
    [ ] Navy
    [ ] Air Force

    Mantetsu in China
    The South Manchuria Railway Company has been actively operating within Northern China for quite some time, their operations are incredibly extractive, with them having significant control of the railway profits within the richest region in China, with China unified under Zhang Zuolin, and with the admission of China within the Co-Prosperity Sphere. The Chinese Government has a significant desire to renegotiate the status of the South Manchuria Railway Company.

    Having control of such a profitable enterprise is surely benefiting Japan, but it would be foolhardy to kneecap China’s development just like that, it is a large country, and the Chinese Government has every desire to combat Syndicalism, but their desire to be a respected nation is also great. What shall we do?

    It should be noted that Mantetsu profits count for roughly 25% of our annual budget. We can definitely recuperate the budget by other means, like tax increases on domestic Japanese companies and the rich, but we must choose wisely. The Chinese are very adamant that they gain a more significant stake within the South Manchuria Railway Company.

    [ ] 70-30 Japanese Control of the Company
    [ ] 60-40 Japanese Control of the Company
    [ ] 50-50 Joint Control of the Company
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    Welcome to the NHK!
    The Nippon Hoso Kyokai was historically founded in the year 1950, within this timeline, there is significant will within the Japanese Government to create a publicly owned Television News broadcast station. How will you found it? And how shall it be organized?

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    Monarch Favours: 2 At the moment

    Status of Imperial Colonies:
    Core Teritories

    Japanese Sakhalin (Karafuto): +100
    Japanese Taiwan: +100
    Kwantung Territories (Dairen/ Areas around Dalian OTL): +100
    Kuril Islands: +100
    Non-Core Territories
    Andaman and Nicobar Isles: +25
    Cocos and Christmas Isles: +25
    Western Pacific Isles: 0
    Fiji: -10
    Papua New Guinea: 0
    New Caledonia: -10
    Solomon Islands: -25
     
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    Introduction
  • Jakarta

    Cutest Mod
    Moderator

    On a Knife’s Edge, a Post Weltkrieg 2 Kaiserreich Japan Game.

    It’s over. It’s been over for 4 years.

    The time of radical change, of millions of deaths as the world crumbled upon itself within a tide of revolution. It is a time of restructuring, a time where Empires are forged and a time where Empires died.

    And the Empire has endured, significantly altered from the initial turmoil of the late 1930s, but stronger, and perhaps, much better off in the end.

    Japan stands as one of the most unaffected nations in this post Weltkrieg World, an Empire that has shed most of its Imperialist traditions during the tumultuous years of 1936 to 1937, where scores of Ministers, key Government Officials and even Prime Ministers were assassinated.

    It could be a time where the Military could take over, it could be a time where the Syndicalist menace overthrew the Japanese government and usher in an age of Syndicalism unfettered, but both options fail to be.

    Instead, with the National Security law passed, and with the Emperor himself agreeing to the necessary reforms proposed by the civilian government, the country stabilized under Civilian Rule, the new government, now unconstrained by undue Military or Syndicalist influence, began reforming the country, reining in the highly influential Zaibatsus at first, freeing Korea from the yoke of Japanese Imperialism, in exchange for their membership within the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and then spreading their reach all across Asia.

    Now, from the cold fringes of the Kamchatka's to the river valleys of the Nile, the Co-Prosperity Sphere has succeeded in it’s mission of uniting all of Asia. Now, Asia, a region formerly ruled by European Imperialists, Syndicalist bootlickers to Paris and London, and Tin-Pot dictators, stand pretty much set to combat the growing influence of the Third Internationale.

    The year is 1949, and may Japan and her allies overthrow the Syndicalists that looms in the West. 10.000 Years for the Emperor!

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    Welcome to On a Knife’s Edge, this is a Kaiserreich Quest where you play as the Japanese Government after my playthrough of it in Kaiserreich, inspired by Atlanta-Georgia’s quest with the British Government. In this RP, you play as the Japanese Government at the start of the year 1949. 4 years after the last major war Japan fought.

    You have 5 action points, and with all of these action points, you can write a resolution or a decision that you want the Japanese Government to undertake, there will also be crises where you must take action on it immediately, taking action on a crises will not cost an action point, so you can do 5 regular actions while resolving any crises that will come and face your nation. Finishing an action takes 1 turn, and 1 turn is 1 year of game time. Actions do not stack up on turns unless it is something major (like a massive infrastructure project or wanting to build a space program), in the event of you committing your government towards doing a major project, that turn will be used up until the point the project is successful, or it fails.

    For example, you want to create a bullet train line running from Tokyo to Osaka, OTL, the Tokaido Shinkansen takes 5 years to build, so, all things being equal, you would have only 4 action points for 5 years while the first Shinkansen is being built. So choose wisely.

    I will use a twenty-sided die in order to generate which decisions are successful and which one are not, I am the arbitrator of the odds though, so, for example, if one makes a radically ahistorical decision, like forcing through immigrant rights during the 1950s in the style of America’s immigration system, the chances of such an act succeeding the Imperial Japanese Diet are very slim to none.

    Of course, events in the world may change public attitudes towards many things, I will inform you of such events, but it is up to you to capitalize on the event or to hold back.

    Dice roll odds:

    Decisions in-line with attitudes of the time: 4 minimum for a successful roll

    Decisions out of line by 1-2 decades: 8 minimum for a successful roll

    Decisions out of line by 3-4 decades: 12 minimum for a successful roll

    Decisions out of line by 5-6 decades and decisions the Japanese government has never taken OTL (sans events happening in this timeline favouring such a shift): 16 for a successful roll

    Two final things before you play. There will be a system called ‘The Empire’, in which you can measure the loyalty of the various territories the Japanese Empire has acquired during the tumultuous years. Most of the major territories have been cored and are considered integral towards the Japanese Empire, although there are still work to be done within those territories, and there are also territories recently obtained, like most of the Western Pacific Territories obtained by Japan during their war with German East Asia.

    The system works on a 100 to -100 scale. With 100 being loyal to the Empire, and -100 being Openly Rebellious, the Syndies in the West might sense opportunity should one of your colonies rebel, so you should watch out.

    The Empire.

    Extremely Loyal to the Empire: +100

    Favourable Public opinion: +50

    Several grumblings, but mostly loyal: +25

    Indifferent: 0

    Visible discontent: -25

    Massive protests: -50

    Armed militias: -75

    Open rebellion: -100

    And finally, since you are effectively a constitutional monarchy, you can gain Monarch Points (shamelessly ripping off Atlanta-Georgia) where you can gain the Emperor’s favour by doing several private errands for His Excellency. Hirohito might ask you to withhold information that might be scandalous should it be revealed, create crown companies, and perhaps even turn a blind-eye to something that could potentially damage the reputation of the Crown, the decision lies with you.

    You can have a maximum of 10 Monarch Points.

    Current Monarch Points: 2

    You can use Monarch points to:
    Written Statement from the Imperial Palace: 1
    Written Address from Imperial Prince or Princess: 2-4, depending on intensity
    Written Address from the Emperor: 5-6, depending on intensity
    Radio Address by the Imperial Prince or Princess: 7
    Radio Address by the Emperor: 8
    Publicly Televised Address by the Emperor: 9
    Joint Publicly Televised Address by the Emperor and his Family: 10

    Alright, I think I have covered all the basics, My next post will outline the situation on the Empire during 1949, choose wisely, and may Japan prosper forevermore!
     
    1949, Turn 1 Results
  • Jakarta

    Cutest Mod
    Moderator
    Selling Murmansk to Finland.

    The sale of the territory went off without a hitch, with a combined price tag of roughly 50 million dollars in total. The Finnish government, due to recent world events, could not pay the whole price of the territory in full, so a financing deal is offered, the country would be paying the purchase in installments for roughly 40 years, with no added interest. The usage of the naval station in Murmansk was also approved by the Finnish government without any significant problems.

    Construction in the South Pacific (you rolled a 6)

    Construction of the South Pacific territories began almost immediately, with the military demobilized, the Imperial Government now has more cash to spend around, a bill incentivizing companies (in particular, state owned companies) to build roads, bridges, and other forms of infrastructure in the South Pacific was passed without much opposition, but it seems that the incredibly rough terrain of Papua New Guinea in particular would be a challenge, delaying completion of major projects up to 1956.

    Local reaction to the project is unknown, since it is the very early years. You must wait for a couple of years before reaction from the locals could be measured.

    Tokaido Main Line Electrification

    It seems that the institutional knowledge and physical infrastructure Japan retained due to the island’s relative safety (unlike OTL) is paying off dividends. The electrification is going incredibly well, with new train cars being built and miles upon miles of electrical wire being laid on top of existing train tracks. It seems that the project will be completed much earlier and under budget to boot, with projected complete electrification being done by 1952.

    Monetary Grants to our allies (you rolled a 20)

    Japanese companies are seemingly very eager to invest in other Asian countries within the co-prosperity sphere, already major Zaibatsus such as Sumitomo, Mitsubishi, Komatsu and Kawasaki are setting up branch offices in China, Korea, Insulindia, Hyderabad, and Russia, with even more smaller companies expanding their operations towards Japan’s immediate neighbors. Factories are being built, locals are being employed, and Private-Private partnerships are being created, transferring institutional knowledge from Japan towards the rest of Asia. Even with the stipulations presented, Japanese companies seem to not mind the prereqs, in fact, they seem even more eager because of those prereqs.

    In terms of defense industries, several Japanese Defense Companies such as Aichi, Nakajima, and Howa Machine Works are already planning to build a factory in Korea, Russia and China. In particular, they are cooperating with the Hyundai and Doosan Group in Korea, the Shenyang and Chengdu defense complexes in China, and rebuilding the Uralvagonzavod plant and various Airplane factories destroyed in Russia. We might see Sukhoi and Mikoyan Gurevich resume their normal operations in the near future. Albeit under new management.

    Foreign Aid (you rolled a 2)

    Unfortunately, all that money spent on Domestic and Immediate Allies meant that the Foreign Ministry was relatively cash-strapped when they want to attempt unaligned African countries to join the Co-Prosperity Sphere, countries such as Tanganyika and Buganda are, at best, offering empty platitudes and at worst, rejecting any attempt from us to convince them to join to CPS. Some in the foreign ministry are even speculating that our money would be better served improving our existing African allies rather than expanding the CPS further into Africa.

    Demobilization

    Demobilization goes off without a hitch, the army is slowly being reduced to a Million active service members, and the Navy and Air Force getting used to having less men to work with in Peacetime, of course all branches are grumbling, with the Air Force grumbling the least due to the seemingly smaller cuts they receive compared to the Army and Air Force. One small silver lining though, due to the surplus equipment from the various divisions disbanded, the Air Force and Army is now capable of stocking up their existing Squadrons and Divisions with the best equipment available, with more in stock to replace any potential damages in the current stock of military equipment.

    We are already seeing the effects in the Air Force, with J7W2 Shinden jet fighters and R2Y2 Keiun Kai Tactical Bombers fully replacing the existing fleet of Nakajima Kikkas and leftover Propeller Tactical Bombers. It seems that, with a smaller force, both the IJAF and IJA are capable of modernizing much faster than usual.

    Mantetsu Blues

    Negotiations went off without a hitch as well, with the Zhang Zuolin Government very eager to gain a much more significant share of the South Manchuria Railway Company and their related operations. The Government of the ROC are already reinvesting their profits into infrastructure projects in Northern China, building new schools, hospitals, and fully electrifying all of Northern China, by 1951, it is expected that all of Northern China, from the most isolated village in the Manchurian steppe to the Urban Centres of Shenyang and Harbin, are expected to be fully electrified, with standards of living closer and closer approaching that of Japanese cities than their Coastal Chinese counterparts.

    A His Majesty’s Broadcasting Company.

    The creation of the NHK goes as well as planned, the integration of the Tokyo broadcasting station with the Nagoya and Osaka broadcasting station are going about as well as expected. With the integration, and the creation of such a large TV station, the company’s upper management are starting to think of doing more creative TV shows, already plans are being rolled out to make a Comedy show and perhaps, even more documentaries and dramas, so called ‘NHK Exclusives’ in the near future.
     
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    1950, Turn 2
  • Jakarta

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    And so 1949 ends, and 1950 begins, the start of a new decade, and hopefully this new decade would bring about good fortune for Japan and her allies.

    What shall we do?

    [ ] Write In
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    [X] Occupied by Construction in the Pacific Colonies
    [X] Occupied by Electrification of the Tokaido Main Line

    Monarch Point Opportunity.

    Emperor Hirohito has summoned the Prime Minister, Tetsu Katayama, for an audience, the PM, stunned at such an odd request, and especially so considering the date and time, had barely enough time to prepare whatever he could for the meeting, the letter only mentioned that he dressed formally and bring only his best manners. And, as he finally arrived within the halls of the Imperial Palace, none other than the Emperor himself greeted him.

    As both of them walked, the Emperor decided to use the vast acres of the Imperial Palace as their place to discuss matters, he talks about many things, sharing his concerns about the Japanese People, his concerns with syndicalism, and his hopes for a genuinely strong and independent Asia. But, just as the Katayama was about to sign off, the Emperor then mentioned something rather important, something that, in all honesty, came out of left field.

    “As you may well know, in my entire life, I have always been taught to become a ‘proper’ Emperor, while in the olden days it might be suitable for my ancestors to remain in their palaces and do their courtly duties, perhaps not even seeing the sight of what they would call a ‘commoner’, I intend to be different, Mister Katayama, I do sorely wish to tour the entire nation, yes, the entire nation, from Karafuto to Taiwan, from Dairen towards our Pacific Holdings, all of it.”

    “I want to see what my ‘subjects’ are doing, what are their aspirations, what are their needs and desires, and what are their fears. I do not want to die in this world knowing that the only people I know are palace courtesans and Prime Ministers, I want to explore this world as best I can. Would you help me with this endeavor?”

    How do you respond?

    [ ] Write In.

    Since this is an alternate universe, and with the lack of a frame of reference, I have created this little ‘suggestion box’ so that you can perhaps focus in on what should be done. There will always be more problems than solutions, but at least you are improving the country.

    Domestic.
    Crippling Steel Production
    Steel, steel has always been in short supply, Japan is a developed country, and yet it lags behind contemporary peers such as the AUS, Britain and France when it comes to steel production, embarrassingly enough, roughly 35-40% of Japanese steel imports come from either America or Third Internationale countries, putting us in a severe dependency. Perhaps drastic change might be in order.

    Universal Healthcare.
    Tetsu Katayama has outlined his aspirations of creating a Universal Healthcare system for all Japanese citizens, while this may be a costly endeavor, perhaps the long term benefits of such a project might be worth it.

    Shinkansen.
    Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h, perhaps a closer look will reveal his logic behind such an insane proposal.

    Native Rights
    There are the Ainu in the north and the Native Taiwanese in the south, Japan might be a Homogenous country but it isn’t a fully homogeneous one, and both Native Taiwanese and Ainu have voiced their concerns about being discriminated against in workplace hiring, property purchases, and a myriad of other activities a typical Japanese would consider normal.

    Fire Safety
    Due to a lack of allied fire bombing, a significant portion of Japanese cities still have buildings made out of wood, a legacy from an earlier period, these buildings are essentially tinderboxes waiting to be light up, even a modern fire department cannot handle multiple districts going up in flames just because of an electrical shortage, and there’s the obvious concern of lives as well, perhaps demolishing and creating buildings out of concrete, with modern safety measures might be necessary.

    Land Reclamation
    One of the main concerns for anyone living in Japan is living space, and living space has always been in short supply for such a mountainous country. A solution has been presented though, in the form of land reclamation, perhaps looking into this might provide a sustainable, long term solution towards this most Japanese of problems.

    Foreign.
    A United Nations?
    Currently, the only method of communication between Japan and her allies with the Third International countries have always been some form of correspondence between various ambassadors, an exhausting, time consuming, and informal process prone to translation errors and wait time. Recently though, representatives from France, Iberia and Italy has come forward with a daring plan, a sort of organisation where members of every single nation on earth would send their representatives to discuss matters which concern all sides, with the added benefit of having an easier correspondence between representatives of various countries in such a closed space. Perhaps we could pitch in?

    Trade Agreements, trade agreements for days
    Investment within the CPS members is good and all, but trade, trade is the all important lifeblood of any good relationship, the current setup of customs and tariffs and even the occasional bribe is already complicated, perhaps some sort of agreement on reducing tariff and trade barriers between our immediate neighbors could be achieved? A sort of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade?

    Formalizing Command Structure
    The CPS Army is mighty and large, second only to the Third Internationale, but our organisation is anything but mighty, coordination between the various countries in the CPS are poor and lack a formalized structure, perhaps ameliorating these issues with standardized buzzwords, better interoperability between generals and more multinational exercises might be a start. We are not sure how the other countries would react with standardized Japanese on military talk though.

    Of course, you can always propose something outside the suggested ideas.
     
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    1950, Turn 2 results
  • Jakarta

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    The Steel Nation (you rolled a 15)

    It seems that scrapping our warships and encouraging other countries to open iron and coal mines are going pretty well. The other asian countries, more than willing to expand their economic potential, and with an opportunity to export their iron to Japan at a premium price, are building up Iron and Coal Mines in waves, already, with notable examples in northern Korea and China, with other countries trying the best they can.

    Of course, Japan isn't idling by, in addition to recycling old steel, a bunch of new Steel Manufacturing complexes are being built around the cities of Nagoya and Osaka, these gigantic manufacturing facilities can easily pump out millions of tons of steel, of varying sizes as well. They are built with multiple Zaibatsu's cooperating, eager to cash in on the steel profits and serve the country.

    It seems that Japan could be relatively free from steel imports from enemy countries in the near future, at least by 1955 by most generous estimates.

    Locals reject land reclamation (you rolled a 3)

    It appears that the locals aren’t really happy that the Japanese government are draining swampland and marshland, protests erupt as soon as the government puts up notices of imminent drainage projects, with industrial machinery being brought to the location stopped by crowds of protesters. They shout things around ‘protecting our natural habitats’ and ‘Yes to beauty, no to ugly buildings!’

    Perhaps draining areas within coastal regions might be a better solution, attention is now shifting on potentially draining ‘open’ areas, like Tokyo Bay.

    The Joint Command Staff (you rolled a 9)

    In Tokyo, a new building is being erected, it is a massive project that can take years, and this massive building will host a litany of offices, conference rooms, and will be accompanied by heavily armed guards to boot. This building is a result of a massive conference in the city of Harbin, held in the summer of 1950, between the leading generals of many nations. Notable military generals such as Tomoyuki Yamashita, Jayanto Nath Chaudhuri, Sudirman, Zhang Xueliang, Vasily Boldyrev, and Mohamed Naguib came to the Northern Chinese city, and hashed out plans for a formal command structure, considering the diversity of the armies in the CPS, all military leaders realized the importance of such an effort. Buzzwords were created, exercises were scheduled, and most importantly, a general headquarters for the CPS armies were agreed upon to be built in Tokyo.

    All is looking good, it would seem like the CPS’s armies are set to become a more potent fighting force, but then came the discussion of what language these armies should use, and discussion turned incredibly heated. Everyone was suggesting their own language, and nobody could agree with what their officers should use to communicate with each other. Strangely enough, after multiple months of discussion, with most generals phoning in to their leaders for a second opinion. A compromise was then made, Korean. Korean would be the lingua franca for the CPS’s armies, of course the Japanese delegation was a bit peeved, but after some backroom discussion between the PM and Yamashita, they eventually conceded.

    It is often credited that Korean’s easy learning curve was the most defining factor, a factor that attracted all the other countries’ generals, and even Japan couldn’t fight off against such a focused interest.

    Rail Electrification Efforts

    Electrification is still going as well as planned, nothing much to talk about.

    Locals desire more stake in the construction, but remains positive due to the Emperor’s visit

    The locals, although they are unsure with all this new activity, nonetheless desired a piece of the pie, local community leaders such as tribe chiefs in Papua New Guinea and just more and more curious locals are desiring to work as construction workers, they want to make money since there isn’t much opportunity to be had when you’re in the jungle.

    The government can make a decision, they can invest in the locals, which will have a high upfront costs, with the teaching of millions of new people in construction methods and basic Japanese, or they can just continue using Japanese workers for the projects. The Emperor’s visit though, have made them warmer to Japanese rule, at least they are being listened to unlike the old days of German East Asia.

    His Majesty’s tour (you rolled an 18)

    The tour went shockingly well, people from all over the country were ecstatic to see their revered Emperor take to the streets and meet with them, his speeches were watched by thousands of highly interested people, and his tour towards Japan’s pacific territories were received oddly warmly by the locals. At one such occasion, within the island of Bikini Atoll, the Emperor even sat down, in the sand mind you, and sang songs with the locals.

    Pictures of the emperor braving the cold of Karafuto up to wearing summer clothes in Papua New Guinea circulated all across Japan, boosting public perception of the Emperor, he is seen as brave, adventurous, but ultimately cares for every single citizen of the Empire.

    Gain 1 Monarch Point
     
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    Constitutional Convention of 1951
  • Jakarta

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    Moderator
    Alright, so since you chose a Constitutional Convention, here it is.

    This Convention will act as a Crisis, you will be granted as much time as possible to finish the convention,


    JAPAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF 1951

    The order from the Emperor came in easily enough, he decreed a proclamation stating a Constitutional Convention for the year 1951, it took some convincing from the Prime Minister, but Hirohito has never once denied the government a chance to review its own constitution, and so, with that in mind. In the warm, summer days of 1951, the government issued a special session to ratify various amendments presented.

    May fortune favours the best amendments.

    Infinite Write Ins, you can write as many amendments as you want towards the Imperial Japanese Constitution. Do note that there was a previous convention that has already settled several things.

    1) Both the Emperor and the People of Japan are the foundations of the Empire
    2) Military is under Civilian Government Control, not under the Emperor
    3) An entire chapter, chapter 8, was created, all the things under that chapter enshrines various citizen rights, such as right to protest, right of an attorney, right of free speech (within certain limits), right to assembly, right to petition, right to not consent to a search of one's property unless a warrant is issued, and right to vote. This chapter applies to all citizens of the Empire, colonies included.

    What other amendments do you want passed?

    [ ] Write in (times ∞)


    Makeup of the Imperial Japanese Diet. You need both 2/3rds Majority (66%) within the House of Representatives and the House of Peers in order to get an amendment passed.

    House of Representatives. Total seats 467

    Shakai Taishuto (ruling party): 302 Seats, 64.67%

    Rikken Minseito (Market Liberals): 104 Seats, 22.27%

    Rikken Seiyukai (Social Conservatives): 51 Seats, 10.92%

    Rikken Kakushinto (Social Liberals): 5 Seats, 1.07%

    Showakai (Authoritarian Democrats): 5 Seats, 1.07%


    House of Peers. Total Seats 373

    Shakai Taishuto (ruling party): 238 Seats, 63.81%

    Rikken Minseito (Market Liberals): 86 Seats, 23.06%

    Rikken Seiyukai (Social Conservatives): 23 Seats, 6.17%

    Members of the Royal Family: 15 Seats, 4.02%

    Members of the Imperial Academy: 4 Seats, 1.07%

    Independents: 7 Seats, 1.88%


    In order to convince other members of both the House of Representatives and the House of Peers, you must select which group you want to convince, and pray that the rolls are adequate, the smaller the composition of the party within both chambers, the higher the chance you would have for a lower minimum to convince them, so you can try to convince two smaller parties in order to get the 2/3rds majority you needed, and the roll requirements would be very low, but you need to roll two times. The more divergent the parties' ideology from yours (your ideology is Social Democrat), the higher the minimums will be.

    For the house of peers, you can spend monarch points (up to a maximum of 3 for each) in order to get the Members of either the Royal Family or the Imperial Academy up to your side, otherwise, you have to pray that the rolls are favourable. Royal Family and Imperial Academy members are not influenced by the ideology modifier.

    NOTE: Convincing other parties to favour your amendment could have potential consequences in the next election, often unpredictable ones.
     
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    Debate in the House of Representatives
  • Jakarta

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    Moderator
    So Eliar’s proposal won out, and here is the reaction of the House of Representatives as the proposal went to the floor.

    Shakai Taishuto: 80% support of the bill, 242 MP’s support it, 60 opposes

    Rikken Minseito: Unknown, deliberating, relatively warm to most proposals, (minimum roll for their support, 12)

    Rikken Seiyukai: Open opposition to the proposal, (minimum roll for their support, 18)

    Rikken Kakushinto: Incredibly warm to all proposals, (minimum roll for their support, 10)

    Showakai: Open opposition as well, actively encourages other factions to oppose the amendments to the constitution (minimum roll for their support, 20)


    You need 313 seats at a minimum for the amendments to go through, which party would you choose for their support?
     
    YOU ROLLED AN 18!!!
  • Jakarta

    Cutest Mod
    Moderator
    You guys are really, really lucky bastards, let me tell you that. And on the first try as well.

    Because success! Through Tetsu Katayama's sheer force of personality, and a series of haggling between leaders within the Taishuto and the Minseito, Shigeru Yoshida, the leader of the Rikken Minseito, has spoken his vocal support for the proposed amendments, and when Yoshida speaks, the rest of the Minseito follows.

    You now have a total of 346 seats, easily more than the 2/3rds majority required, you can push it into the House of Peers, or alternatively, you can convince the other parties to support your bill, a thicker majority can have consequences in the upper house. Whether they be good or bad.
     
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    Yet another 18
  • Jakarta

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    Congrats, you rolled another 18. I have no idea how you managed to get this much luck, but yeah, you gained full support from the Kakushinto and the party's leader. Hitoshi Ashida, has publicly declared that these amendments would 'Highly elevate the life for the average Japanese, wherever they are.'

    You can now convince the other parties, or go through the upper house.
     
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    Comencement of Debate within the House of Peers, 1951


    With the proposal a success, it now moves from the House of Representatives to the House of Peers. Where there are significantly more noises than expected. Due to the House of Peers being a house made out of Nobles, members of the Imperial Family, and other, seemingly important members of the Japanese Populace, it seems that the battle within the House of Peers is going to be significantly harder than the House of Representatives.

    You need 246 votes in your favour to pass an amendment.

    Shakai Taishuto: 60% in favour of the amendment, 143 seats in favour, 95 opposes. (8 minimum to gain 100% support)

    Rikken Minseito: Completely unknown, has not signaled interest or disinterest. (14 minimum to gain support)

    Rikken Seiyukai: Heavy opposition, just like in the house of representatives. (18 Minimum to gain suppport)

    Members of the Royal Family: indifferent, you can use 3 monarch points to gain their favour. (10 minimum to gain their support)

    Members of the Imperial Academy: Split, 2 members in favour while 2 opposes. (4 Minimum to gain their support)

    Independents: Unknown, would need 7 separate rolls to gain all of their support.


    What will your course of action be?
     
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    1. You successfully convinced members of the Shakai Taishuto to side with you, they might be nobles, but they are eventually socialists through and through, thankfully enough. (You rolled an 18)
    2. The Rikken Minseito, unfortunately, doesn't seem to be willing to support your reforms in the House of Peers, it was a very intense negotiation, with some haggling and arguing. But their position held firm, a clear break from the Minseito in the lower house. Shigeru Yoshida might have a word with some of these party members later on. (You rolled a 13)
    3. It seems that the Monarch Points are irrelevant, since the members of the Royal Family has all pledged support for your plans in the House of Peers. (You rolled a 17)
    4. And the same case is true for Imperial Academy members, the 2 other who opposed the initial reforms, after seeing the Royal Family supporting it. Eventually caved in. (You rolled a 13)

    In the end, you have 257 seats in total. Barely enough to pass it through the House of Peers, do you wish to do so?
     
    1951, Turn 3 Results
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    Initial Healthcare Rollout a success (you rolled a 19)

    The Healthcare program would be named the SHIS. Or the Statutory Healthcare Insurance Program. By all metrics, the initial promotion campaign and the coordination to both Doctors, Health Insurance Providers, and the Public has been a success, people are using the system, they’re paying their monthly dues, and although it is still a brand new system. Results are looking to be rather promising. Many Japanese are experiencing their new year checkups, and many are looking rather satisfied, although there are significant grumbles regarding the Alcohol and Tabacco surcharges.

    Fire safety measures going as well as people hoped to be (you rolled a 10)

    Iniitally, there are a ton of resistance from the local Japanese, especially small business owners and poor Japanese who have lived their lives within the wooden buildings. Nonetheless, eminent domain requests and continuous pressure from both civil society and government officials meant that they have to concede, and conceded they did. New buildings, made out of concrete and incorporating all the latest in building safety are being built, and the people that are temporarily evicted are moving back in. It’s unsure whether to judge this program a smashing success or not, but it’s on track at least.

    Locals getting trained, although this may delay construction projects (you rolled an 8)

    The various indigenous peoples living in the Pacific Island territories are being taught the way of modern construction, modern safety equipment, techniques, and procedures are being taught to them. Although, the significant cultural and workplace differences between a Solomon Islander and a Japanese are noted. And efforts to include up to 50-75% of the workforce made up of locals may have consequences yet unseen.

    Most pressing though, is the delayed timetable for many infrastructure projects, just bridging the different norms of the Japanese and local islanders are already having effects on the timetable of several construction projects, much to the frustration of the managers in the field.

    Refugees slowly settling into Taiwan, more people to come (you rolled an 16)

    The Moroccan and Egyptian government are more than happy to let go of some 100.000 European Refugees to settle into Japanese territory, and for reasons unknown. The vast majority of them are choosing to settle into Taiwan, there is also significant pressure from the Egyptian, Moroccan and Russian governments for Japan to take in 100.000 refugees every year so that the burden of housing and feeding them won’t be too muc for them.

    The locals, either Japanese or local Taiwanese on the island, are seemingly rather curious at the new arrival. Already the Europeans are settling in, setting up their new lives and trying their best to adjust to a new life within a country that, while developed, are radically different socially and culturally than their home countries. Time will tell on whether or not this will have an effect on Japanese culture.

    As for Crete, although they are forced to handle in those 100.000 refugees. Things are not going well within the island. The Cretan economy is incredibly small, and barely able to keep up with the influx, only the intervention of the Japanese military and their construction projects prevented a total disaster for both the Cretans and the Refugees. It was at this point that an unlikely saviour appeared. Delegations from both the Australian and New Zealander government has agreed to take in 100.000 refugees each, for every year. Both the Presidents of Australia and New Zealand saw an opportunity of bringing in more people into their countries, and the European Refugees are jumping on the occassion. It remains to be seen if the Japanese government wants to keep bringing in Refugees or punt them to Australia and New Zealand instead.
     
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    Let's start rolling!

    King George and Mackenzie King grateful for their statuses

    The King, the Prime Minister, and the three women were rapidly given to status of VIP's and decided to settle into their new lives within the Northern City of Hakodate, Hokkaido. Considering the trials and tribulations that they went through in order to get here, both former public figures are seemingly rather content with just having a stable life after all of the chaos following the Entente's defeat.

    Asked if they wanted to move to Australia or New Zealand, both figures offered no comment.

    Space Program off to a rocky start (you rolled a 4)

    Unfortunately, not everything went off smoothly, and the start of the Japanese Space Program is one such occasion where everything that could go wrong, did.

    The site chosen, the island of Tanegashima, while definitely good from a launch site's perspective, is unfortunately rather questionable considering the populace who lived there. There have been complaints, protests, and boycott actions to the construction workers arriving on the island, of course. Usage of eminent domain meant that the land is purchased, but the constant resistance from the local populace meant that progress on building the facility was delayed for 1 year.

    Start of Initial Discussions on a United Nations (you rolled an 8)

    Initial discussions for an International Forum, much to the misfortune of everyone, started off in a rather unfortunate manner as well. The recent cooling of relationships meant that nobody could agree on which city should host the facility in the first place, with every country arguing that it should be their capital who should host it. It seems that such discussions might take time, give or take a couple of years before any sort of agreement could be reached.

    Kinda sorta better year for trade deals

    Although on the discussions on the United Nations is stalled for the moment, discussions for the lowering of tariffs is going off as smoothly as anyone could hoped. With the city of Pyongyang chosen as the site for the discussions, talks commence as fast as possible, with delegations trading back and forth on the matter of trade barriers, tariffs, and protections for certain industries. It was hard, long winded, but eventually fruitful. With a trade deal finally hashed out in the last days of 1952.

    A General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, or GATT, was finally signed, with the stipulation that the deal would be renegotiated every ten years. If discussions on the new deal fails, the terms for the old deal would still stand, it took a lot of compromise, with many nations wanting to gain an advantage in trade, but fortunately, a deal was achieved, some trade barriers lowered, certain industries would be protected from competition as they try to build up capacity, and trade barriers lowered.

    The East Asian Coal and Steel Community a success

    Unlike talks with fellow CPS members, talks with the East Asian members of the Co-Prosperity sphere went off with a smashing success. The representatives from Korea, China and Japan quickly reached a mutual agreement to jointly regulate the production of coal and steel, with each country's coal and steel being able to be traded with each other at a Premium. In a time where the Tanegashima space center is facing delays, and Japan having to compromise quite extensively to get their General Agreement. The East Asian Coal and Steel Community was officially founded on 12 August, 1952. Much to fanfare and celebration from all three nations.

    Local Knowledge helping out with construction efforts (You rolled a 20)

    The locals we employed on our construction efforts are seemingly paying dividends, although initially, efforts to educate the locals are seemingly draining resources. Currently, local knowledge of the terrain, especially in the islands of Papua, and the Solomon Isles, are paying off. Work hours are getting more efficient, even more roads are being built, and formerly isolated communities are being connected together.

    People are estimating that construction efforts would be finished by 1953.
     
    1953, Turn 5
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    The year 1953 is a transitional year, it is incredibly evident that decades of Socialist rule is coming to an end for Japan, while the ruling party still retains a 51% majority, it is prudent that we should compromise with the other parties that now inhabit the diet, the Minseito, although nominally in the opposition, has expressed interest in creating a working coalition with the Shakai Taishuto, should some of their proposals get headway.

    Good luck! You have 3 Write In slots

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    [X] Occupied by UN negotiations
    [X] Occupied by Tanegashima Island Space Site Construction.

    Monarch Point Opportunity.

    The Emperor has expressed his wishes to create multiple 'Crown Companies', companies that has a Royal Assent to exclusively serve the Imperial Japanese family. It is his wish for the Government to help him in this endeavor. Find suitable companies to have the privilege of having a Royal Seal planted on their front door, and the Emperor would be most pleased.

    [ ] Write In.

    Suggestion Box.

    Domestic


    Criminal Justice Reform
    Ever wondered how Japan got its 99%+ conviction rate? Well, imagine being held in prison for some 23 days, and being interrogated ten hours each day, and only permitted to see your lawyer for 30 minutes in total during those 23 days. This is the current system of criminal justice in Japan, perhaps we need to change this.

    Shinkansen.
    Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h, perhaps a closer look will reveal his logic behind such an insane proposal.

    Native Rights
    There are the Ainu in the north and the Native Taiwanese in the south, Japan might be a Homogenous country but it isn’t a fully homogeneous one, and both Native Taiwanese and Ainu have voiced their concerns about being discriminated against in workplace hiring, property purchases, and a myriad of other activities a typical Japanese would consider normal.

    Land Reclamation
    One of the main concerns for anyone living in Japan is living space, and living space has always been in short supply for such a mountainous country. A solution has been presented though, in the form of land reclamation, perhaps looking into this might provide a sustainable, long term solution towards this most Japanese of problems.

    Expanding seats in the Diet
    With the passage of the Constitutional Convention, there is increased pressure on Tokyo to formally add in seats from their Pacific territories, it would be quite an undertaking, formally measuring the population of the region and splitting them into electoral regions, but, since we made the integration of these territories a part of our revised Meiji Constitution, it's feeling more and more like we either must integrate them, or let them go. Prepare for some creative construction projects within the Diet when you're allocating seats.

    Foreign

    Accept more Immigrants
    It seems that our program to bring in immigrants from the nearly overwhelmed countries in the Middle East and Russia are seemingly paying off. The European Immigrants are surprisingly finding themselves well settled in the country, and some of them are even venturing out of the island, at this rate, expanding the citizenship requirements for these people might become a real possibility. Then again, accepting more immigrants would make the Middle East and Russia more grateful as a result, and it would be in our best interest to keep these countries from being overwhelme by refugees.

    Fund Russia
    The last year has seen Russia become the target of two military actions, one was an incursion from Socialist Russia into their airspace near Volgograd, and another was yet another confrontation with the Western Russians near the city of Samara. Understandably, the government of Boris Shumyatsky is incredibly angry and has every desire to not repeat such incidents, they have asked for our help in funding several of their military development projects, with some Assault Rifles, Tanks, Airplanes, and even Warships potentially being developed much faster should we fund them. Regardless of our position, the Russian government is practically set on diverting more funds towards their military, and it will impact their relatively small economy unless we intervene.

    Containerisation
    This would theoretically be a first for the country, but, there are already plans in place to create a standard unit of measurement in terms of bringing in and out Cargo. A lot of economists, politicians, and foreign policy civil servants are already heavily advocating that we create a sort of 'Universal Container', a box 3 meters long, 2 meters wide and 2 meters tall, designed in such a way that it could be transported, unloaded, and handled on potentially any port within the CPS. There is also the added benefit of having a Universal Unit for logistics and transportation.

    International Institutions
    Historically, the 1940s and 1950s were a time where a lot of International Organisations were founded, organisations such as the IMF and World Bank were created during these times, perhaps, we can create our own International Financial Organisation? It would need the coordination of the various countries involved within the CPS for it to work well though.
     
    1952, Turn 4
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    And so, another year begins. And there are much things to do for the Japanese government. What shall we do today, in this year of 1952?

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    [X] Occupied by Construction in the Pacific Territories

    Monarch Points 3

    IMMEDIATE CONCERNS THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, TAKING ACTIONS ON IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WILL NOT COST AN ACTION POINT.

    King George and Mackenzie King
    Within the Kuril Isles, there are two major problems for the Japanese Government right now. And that takes the form of both King George and Mackenzie King. While it wouldn't be the most inconceivable thing for us to grant the three women asylum status with paths towards citizenship, the status of both the former British King and Canadian Prime Minister is much, much more complicated. What should we do with them? Kick him to Australia? (and that is even assuming that Australia wants him) Return these two back to Syndicalist hands? maybe something else?

    [ ] Write In

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    Criminal Justice Reform
    Ever wondered how Japan got its 99%+ conviction rate? Well, imagine being held in prison for some 23 days, and being interrogated ten hours each day, and only permitted to see your lawyer for 30 minutes in total during those 23 days. This is the current system of criminal justice in Japan, perhaps we need to change this.

    Shinkansen.
    Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h, perhaps a closer look will reveal his logic behind such an insane proposal.

    Native Rights
    There are the Ainu in the north and the Native Taiwanese in the south, Japan might be a Homogenous country but it isn’t a fully homogeneous one, and both Native Taiwanese and Ainu have voiced their concerns about being discriminated against in workplace hiring, property purchases, and a myriad of other activities a typical Japanese would consider normal.

    Land Reclamation
    One of the main concerns for anyone living in Japan is living space, and living space has always been in short supply for such a mountainous country. A solution has been presented though, in the form of land reclamation, perhaps looking into this might provide a sustainable, long term solution towards this most Japanese of problems.

    Expanding seats in the Diet
    With the passage of the Constitutional Convention, there is increased pressure on Tokyo to formally add in seats from their Pacific territories, it would be quite an undertaking, formally measuring the population of the region and splitting them into electoral regions, but, since we made the integration of these territories a part of our revised Meiji Constitution, it's feeling more and more like we either must integrate them, or let them go. Prepare for some creative construction projects within the Diet when you're allocating seats.

    A Space Program?
    There are some notable intellectuals and even some major Civil Servants who are noticing that France and the UK are building an unusual site on the border between the Atlas Mountains and the Algerian Sahara, they reckon that this facility would be a testbed for rockets to go to outer space, and perhaps, it would be in Japan's interest to commit to such a program herself. The site in the island of Tanegashima looks rather promising.

    Foreign

    A United Nations?
    Currently, the only method of communication between Japan and her allies with the Third International countries have always been some form of correspondence between various ambassadors, an exhausting, time consuming, and informal process prone to translation errors and wait time. Recently though, representatives from the France, Iberia and Italy has come forward with a daring plan, a sort of organisation where members of every single nation on earth would send their representatives to discuss matters which concern all sides, with the added benefit of having an easier correspondence between representatives of various countries in such a closed space. Perhaps we could pitch in?

    Trade Agreements, trade agreements for days
    Investment within the CPS members is good and all, but trade, trade is the all important lifeblood of any good relationship, the current setup of customs and tariffs and even the occasional bribe is already complicated, perhaps some sort of agreement on reducing tariff and trade barriers between our immediate neighbors could be achieved? A sort of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade?

    Expanding the Kemayoran Airfield
    The Insulindian Government has come forward with a plan to expand their main international airport. But since they are still a developing country, funding for such a project needed foreign backing. All of their maths concerning feasibility and profitability checks out, they just need the raw cash needed to expand their Kemayoran Airfield into a proper, well to do International Airport. Perhaps we could chip in?

    Containerisation
    This would theoretically be a first for the country, but, there are already plans in place to create a standard unit of measurement in terms of bringing in and out Cargo. A lot of economists, politicians, and foreign policy civil servants are already heavily advocating that we create a sort of 'Universal Container', a box 3 meters long, 2 meters wide and 2 meters tall, designed in such a way that it could be transported, unloaded, and handled on potentially any port within the CPS. There is also the added benefit of having a Universal Unit for logistics and transportation.

    International Institutions
    Historically, the 1940s and 1950s were a time where a lot of International Organisations were founded, organisations such as the IMF and World Bank were created during these times, perhaps, we can create our own International Financial Organisation? It would need the coordination of the various countries involved within the CPS for it to work well though.
     
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    IPB a smashing hit

    The opening of the new International Prosperity Bank office in Tokyo was met with much celebration. Negotiations around the creation of such an office initially met a brick wall as representatives from other CPS nations were unsure about the feasibility of such a proposal in the first place. They are also very fearful of an office, funded by members fees, and has the ability to grant significant loans and grants would unnecessarily influence their domestic politics, but Japanese assurances and the promises of a rotating council for the office’s leadership assuage the fears. The building was built within the same neighborhood to both the Japanese Special Forces Command, and the CPS’s Joint Command Headquarters.

    The IPB is already planning to lay the groundwork for data collecting and grant and loan dealings. Trying to calculate the economic data of the various countries within the CPS and hopefully beyond.

    Containerisation efforts well underway

    Containerisation, such a simple idea. A metal box, 3 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 2 meters tall. Able to fit into almost all models of surplus transport ships Japan made during the various wars, and also able to sell into other CPS countries at pennies by the yen.

    No wonder such an innovative yet simple idea hit with such ferocity and success, it didn’t take much convincing for the other countries within the CPS to realize the sheer economic potential of switching from Break Bulk Cargo to the new normal, sure, some ports have to be retrofitted, but, with the IPB more than willing to pay the bill for such an endeavor. Overall, not bad for transforming a logistics system that has been used for millennia.

    Diet Seats expanded, but just barely. (you rolled a 9)

    The diet has been expanded, that much is certain, the old 467 representatives are slowly but surely giving way to some 510. A definite increase, but nonetheless, it encountered incredibly stiff resistance within the Imperial Japanese Diet in order to pass. Members of both the Minseito and Taishuto were a bit miffed about having their voting powers be reduced, but, both the leaders of the Socialist and Liberal parties persisted through, and it went through both houses eventually. Surveys of the general population of the rest of the Japanese Empire would soon follow, with potential elections happening in 1955 to 1956.

    A site was finally chosen for the UN Headquarters

    Negotiations between the various CPS and Third Internationale representatives eventually reached a mutual agreement when an unexpected proposal came in. While it is natural for non CPS or Third Internationale nations to chime in on the negotiations, most of their proposals are tended to be sidelined, either the country’s just not important enough, the site’s too remote, or the sight doesn’t fall in line with the interests of either the CPS or Third Internationale.

    Turkey’s proposal changed everything. They proposed Istanbul, and not their Capital City of Ankara as the site for the UN, initially their proposal was balked, but closer inspection eventually made Istanbul as a prime candidate. It was situated in the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it is a major city but not necessarily a capital city, and most importantly, the country of Turkey itself is neither a member of the Third Internationale nor the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and with some high intensity diplomacy underway from the Turkish delegation, construction eventually began for a headquarters for a United Nations to be built on the Turkish City. While talks were underway on how to organize such a worldwide establishment.

    Rocket launch site construction going as planned (you rolled an 8)

    It is still relatively challenging to build the site, what with protests from the local islanders still ongoing and the logistical difficulties of bringing in construction materials from the mainland into the island. Nonetheless, several launchpads were constructed, relatively rudimentary compared to modern standards, but still, a start.

    Japanese Engineers are also busy designing and debating on what launch vehicle they should use in order to go to space, while Rockets are a given, what type of rocket is still being debated, whether it should be single stage, double stage, or triple stage rockets. Whether they should use solid or liquid fuels, whether the rocket can be transported or just built in site. The Japanese Space Program is taking its first baby steps, but they are giant ones.

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    The Crown Corporations are set up, many people flock to their stores.

    From the local wineries to the most prestigious of restaurants and most exclusive suppliers of produce. Various small and medium business owners throughout Japan were contacted by the government for an offer of a lifetime, being the exclusive supplier of the very object they specialize in selling for the Imperial Family. All of them replied with some form of 'we must consult this further', but within 2 weeks' time, all of the companies contacted by the government agreed to become Crown Corporations. Copies of the Chrysanthemum seal were sent into their stores as Japanese people started noticing that their small local businesses apparently became the exclusive supplier of meat, or poultry, or vegetables, or furniture, or any other miscellaneous objects that will keep the Emperor and his family well fed, well maintained, and living in the utmost comfort.

    The small businesses that got the Imperial Seal also saw massively increased traffic within their stores, giving both the Imperial Family and their suppliers a sense of 'win-win'.
     
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    Well, this will certainly be an eventful year. Nuclear tests, fires, Egypt's proposal, chaos within the capital itself, nothing that will overthrow the Empire. But somethings that must be addressed nonetheless.

    How will you address it?

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    [X] Occupied by UN negotiations
    [X] Occupied by Tanegashima Island Space Site Construction.

    Monarch Points: 6

    IMMEDIATE CONCERNS THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, TAKING ACTIONS ON IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WILL NOT COST AN ACTION POINT.

    The Great Tokyo Fire of 1953

    Although most of the major Japanese cities have modern buildings cropped up, with only some buildings made out of traditional wood and paper. The same situation is not necessarily true for the suburbs or the local villages scattered throughout the country. One such suburb, a city called Saitama, became the site of a fire so deadly and ferocious, it nearly burned the whole city down and even reached the outskirts of Tokyo proper. Killing hundreds and leaving thousands of Japanese people without a home, nor a job, due to their workplace and their homes literally burning to ash.

    What must the government do? Of course camps are being constructed and aid is being poured in from all over Japan, but it is imperative that we must do something to prevent such a disaster from happening yet again.

    [ ] Write In

    Canal Zone Blues

    During the peace treaty between the Co-Prosperity sphere and the Cairo Pact, one of the major stipulations state that Japan would retain control of the Suez Canal zone 'In Perpetuity', while the Egyptians may grumble, it is a fact that, at the end of the day, the Cairo Pact lost and Japanese willingness to invest into the Middle East softened the blow a little bit.

    Now, with the influx of European refugees into the country, Egyptian leaders are rightfully eyeing the profits from the Suez Canal, and urges officials in Japan to share some of the profits within the Canal Zone. Egypt is not a rich country, and this refugee crisis is burdening their already poor social services even more. The country needs money and it needs it badly.

    [ ] Write In

    The Mirage and The Kestrel

    Blueprints obtained by PSIA agents embedded in the French Commune and Union of Britain indicates that both the French and British are very dedicated in building these new sets of experimental aircraft. One that can take off vertically, and one that can easily go supersonic and do a series of missions that require our own air force commit 3 separate aircraft to do so. If the reports are to be believed that is.

    The staff at the IJAF are practically screaming for the government to divert more funding towards developing a similar aircraft. Simplifying our supply lines for spare parts, integrating various weapon systems into one aircraft, and also having a type of aircraft that can do missions on highways or with no roads at all would be advantageous should that mythical 'Weltkrieg 3' comes around. Engineers in several Japanese aviation companies are doing prototype testing and studying such a concept, perhaps a boost from the government could help them in such an endeavor.

    [ ] Write In

    Suggestion Box

    Domestic

    Criminal Justice Reform
    Ever wondered how Japan got its 99%+ conviction rate? Well, imagine being held in prison for some 23 days, and being interrogated ten hours each day, and only permitted to see your lawyer for 30 minutes in total during those 23 days. This is the current system of criminal justice in Japan, perhaps we need to change this.

    Shinkansen.
    Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h, perhaps a closer look will reveal his logic behind such an insane proposal.

    Native Rights
    There are the Ainu in the north and the Native Taiwanese in the south, Japan might be a Homogenous country but it isn’t a fully homogeneous one, and both Native Taiwanese and Ainu have voiced their concerns about being discriminated against in workplace hiring, property purchases, and a myriad of other activities a typical Japanese would consider normal.

    Land Reclamation
    One of the main concerns for anyone living in Japan is living space, and living space has always been in short supply for such a mountainous country. A solution has been presented though, in the form of land reclamation, perhaps looking into this might provide a sustainable, long term solution towards this most Japanese of problems.

    Fate of the Tokko, and matters of the secret police.
    20 years ago, If you would tell an average Japanese person that the Tokko, or the Kempeitai, or any other secret police agencies would be in danger due to governmental regulations and defunding, they would laugh at you. The various secret police agencies that Japan employs seemed to be an almost constant fixture in Japanese political life, but, that all changed with news outbreaks of the Tokko's excesses, and the various attempts by the Socialist government in the 40s to de-power and defund the Tokko, Kempeitai, and Tokkeitai. Now at their last legs, and barely having the ability to investigate much of anything. The three secret police agencies are at their last legs. Must we put them out of their misery? Both the Kempeitai and Tokkeitai would be reformed into regular MP units, while what remains of the Tokko would most likely be scrapped and cannibalized by the regular police agency if we do such a thing.

    Foreign
    Accept more Immigrants
    It seems that our program to bring in immigrants from the nearly overwhelmed countries in the Middle East and Russia are seemingly paying off. The European Immigrants are surprisingly finding themselves well settled in the country, and some of them are even venturing out of the island, at this rate, expanding the citizenship requirements for these people might become a real possibility. Then again, accepting more immigrants would make the Middle East and Russia more grateful as a result, and it would be in our best interest to keep these countries from being overwhelmed by refugees.

    Fund Russia
    The last year has seen Russia become the target of two military actions, one was an incursion from Socialist Russia into their airspace near Volgograd, and another was yet another confrontation with the Western Russians near the city of Samara. Understandably, the government of Boris Shumyatsky is incredibly angry and has every desire to not repeat such incidents, they have asked for our help in funding several of their military development projects, with some Assault Rifles, Tanks, Airplanes, and even Warships potentially being developed much faster should we fund them. Regardless of our position, the Russian government is practically set on diverting more funds towards their military, and it will impact their relatively small economy unless we intervene.

    The West Indies
    With both news coming in from Puerto Rico and the West Indies Federation. It seems that both the Americans and the Internationale are doing moves within the Caribbean in order to expand their influence, while we would be infiltrating on their home turf. There are countries, such as Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico itself, that would, if not necessarily welcome, then not mind having a third player enter in the field to curry favour with them. Should we expand the CPS' presence into the West Indies? Or should we remain home and focus on more domestic endeavours?

    PSIA Operations
    The Public Security Intelligence Agency, or PSIA for short, is Japan's premier intelligence agency, focusing on both domestic and foreign affairs. Most of the PSIA's activity is focused on intelligence gathering and sending in the occasional blueprint or pictures back to Tokyo for further inspection. Their budget, compared to the military or other services, is comparatively small, but they do show some good work, the blueprints of the Mirage and Kestrel being recent examples of their handiwork. Now, PSIA bigwigs are begging the diet for more money, it would help them expand their operations, build more field offices, recruit more agents, gather more kompromat if needed.
     
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    Stepped up efforts to modernize the entirety of the country.

    The resistance from the locals, while initially fierce. Slowly petered out as news from Saitama slowly filtered out of the Tokyo metropole and into the rest of the country. While the people do love their old buildings, the vast majority of them are more than happy to move temporarily while the various local governments either tore down their houses and build new ones, or install new, modern fire safety systems for the buildings that are not complete lost causes. It's a hard path to tread, but a necessary one in order for lives to be saved and buildings to be made sufficient for modern living.

    Some local governments also utilized asbestos for some of the buildings, citing it's cost effectiveness and ability to trap heat effectively. This is definitely a wise move and will not backfire in any way.

    Canal Zone Negotiations end in deadlock.

    While initial negotiations went well. There was an incident in which a staffer for one of the emissaries said something that was considered incredibly rude to the Egyptian representative. The staffer was immediately recalled to Tokyo, but the damage was already done. Egyptian authorities, once hearing of the incident, demanded that Egypt have 55% ownership stake in the canal zone, and negotiations ended up in a deadlock for the rest of the year.

    VTOL and Supersonic efforts boosted by government money.

    The existing fleet of jet fighters are relatively adequate, but their speed and performance is beginning to show. The J7 Shindens and Nakajima Kikkas of the Imperial Japanese Air Force could potentially be outmatched by the Mirages that the French Commune was building. While a ton of companies are building prototypes, the Mitsubishi prototype seems to be making the most headway. With their first efforts to build a fully domestic Jet Engine, supersonic jet engine mind you, making significant headway. IJAF staff are rather pleased with the Mitsubishi proposal the most, although it remains to be seen whose jet fighter would enter government service. Assuming even one of them was picked.

    Of field offices and agents. PSIA expands it's operations.

    The recent success of the PSIA in obtaining early blueprints of the Kestrel and the Mirage are all it needed for the government to boost the agency's funding for the next fiscal year. Field offices are established all across the CPS, and agents of varying nationalities are recruited in order to boost the effectiveness of Japan's intelligence network, it seems that the reach of the PSIA is being rapidly expanded day by day. Much to the misfortune of the Third Internationale.

    Russian projects given the funding it needs.

    Russia has a slew of projects that they inherited from the collapse of Savinkov's Russia. From a theoretical Anti Aircraft missile, to early projects of jet fighters from the bombed out ruins of Mikoyan Gurevich and Sukhoi, and even to some tanks. A lot of promising items for military use, not to mention the various Civilian projects that was left out as the Transamurite government consolidates power all over Eastern Russia. But, lack of funds seriously crippled any chance of that project seeing light, the Vladivostok, and later Ekaterinburg Government's efforts is to divert most of the wealth from the Russian Pacific coast into more inland territories, improving the regular person's life after the devastation of the war. While Japanese aid helped, there is only so much money to go around, and most projects lay in the dust.

    At least until recently. The money Japan gives is not a lot, but it is enough to ensure that Russian military projects that are potentially in dire straits are given life. Surface to Air Missile projects are given priority, with researching supersonic jet fighters and interceptors being an important second priority.

    A successful attempt into the Caribbean (you rolled a 20)

    It came as a shock for many people, most shocking of all were the bigwigs in Tokyo, they did not expect such a warm welcome from the various Caribbean countries once Japanese diplomats started flying in. Sure, maybe some overtures into Puerto Rico may be rebuffed, but overtures and investments in Cuba would be welcomed, but from Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. All of these countries have received the Japanese willingness to invest and become a bigger presence in the Caribbean with bright eyes and bushy tails. Due to our initial obligations in East Asia, the money we offered isn't a lot, but the Caribbean countries still took it regardless.

    There are also very angry outpourings from the American embassy in Tokyo once they heard news about our dealings in Puerto Rico and Cuba.

    The UN established, and representatives are being sent.

    It took many years of dealings and discussions, but with the building in Istanbul built, the structure of the United Nations is finally agreed upon.

    There would be two 'houses' within the UN, a General Assembly and a Special Assembly, the General Assembly is a place where representatives from various countries would discuss, vote and talk over many matters of international importance, the resolutions they pass are non-binding of course, but could signal a trend within the world stage that needed to be addressed. While the Special Assembly is reserved for only 5 permanent members and 4 rotating members. 2 of them are France and the United Kingdom, 2 of them are Japan and China, and the other one being the Union State. The other 4 members can be members from any country. The resolutions passed within the Special Assembly are also non-binding, but it does permit a nation to intervene in another nation's affairs should something wrong happens within a nation's borders and the Special Assembly gives permission to intervene.

    No significant discussion concerning vetoes are undertaken, both sides realizing just how powerful the potential of a veto could be. They desire a place of discussion, not a place for grandstanding and bad press.

    The Tanegashima Space Center is officially inaugurated.

    After years of tense discussions and research, the Tanegashima Space Center is finally finished. The opening ceremony was met with much fanfare and jubilation across Japan, with both the Emperor and Prime Minister making separate speeches on the importance of Space Exploration for the Japanese people. The Space Center also has the honour of being the first space center ever built, beating the rumored space center in Algeria by a couple of months. It is a great achievement for the Japanese people and construction of the first space rockets are being built right after it's inauguration.

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    The various secret police integrated.

    It had been a long time coming, everyone knows that by now. But the Kempeitai, Tokkeitai and Tokko was formally dissolved in 1954. Their offices are closed off and files released into the public domain. Their agents, office workers, and other bureaucrats fired and rehired into government agencies that demand much stronger standards for transparency and ethics. While there were some desperate defenses mounted by the former secret police officers when the day comes. Up to barricading their offices from the incoming eviction wave, public pressure and turning opinion within the Japanese public forced them to accept their fate. Now with their buildings barred up, some of them even being transformed into parks, the fate of these former secret police officers, once feared throughout Japan, are now just working as clerks in the gigantic cog that is the Japanese bureaucracy, or being retrained in actual Military Policing methods in the case for the Kempeitai and Tokkeitai.
     
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    The country is not in a good place.

    An investigation by the Metropolitan Police Agency has unearthed a significant and unprecedented attempt by a major Zaibatsu to cover up their expenses. It's all clear by now that the Yasuda Zaibatsu will die, but how will this government deal with the fallout of Yasuda's collapse?

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    The Yasuda Crisis.

    "What falls faster, a man, or his shares?"

    It was supposed to be a routine investigation, a dead body found in a house, with the words 'Truth always comes out' emblazoned on his chest and burnt Yasuda paperwork on his backyard. That burnt paperwork turns out to be evidence that was destroyed because it revealed a truth far, far more damaging than a single man's death. The man's name is Yoshinori Matsutaka, and through his death. A chain of creative accounting, coverups, and even murder within the Yasuda Zaibatsu was unearthed.

    It started in 1945, when the bigwigs at the Yasuda have desires to put their conglomerate as a first among equals, ahead of Mitsubishi or Sumitomo. The premier company that will propel Japan into the future. An unusual, yet very desirable accounting method called Mark to Markup accounting was used to artificially bolster the company's balance sheets, and through the years. The Zaibatsu grew and grew, garnering more investment money and expanding their operations.

    And yet, it all came to a halt after the bigwigs realized what Mr Matsutaka has done, and ordered a hit on him. Subsequent Metropolitan police raids into Yasuda's buildings unearthed a chain of creative accounting techniques that the media then picked up, and then the investors, and eventually, the government. Everything the Yasuda Zaibatsu worked for, their businesses, their projects. Are now under serious scrutiny as Police are wracking up murder charges on their board members, and Japanese regulators are raiding every office they own in search for any trace for paperwork.

    Predictably, Yasuda's share prices dropped, and dropped and dropped and dropped. High level managers, shameful of what has transpired, are found dead drinking industrial chemicals after they have tucked their children and wives to sleep. Office workers, now sure that their shares in Yasuda are worthless, and their future as well, are attempting suicide by jumping off of office buildings. Most of them was saved by timely intervention from security guards, but not all of them could be saved. And the Japanese economy is set to enter a recession this year. It's practically a guarantee at this point.

    It could be much worse, in another universe, their actions could lead to the unraveling of the Japanese state itself, the protection Yasuda garnered from the military and the government made an existing problem much, much worse. But, thankfully, we are not living in that universe. Nonetheless, the economy is still in freefall, and fast action must be taken to save the economy.

    What will we do?

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    Canal Zone Negotiations

    While Japan wrangles with itself at home. Egypt still nonetheless desire a majority stake within the Suez Canal zone from Japanese negotiators, the ensuing economic crisis in Japan has naturally made our position much less stronger. But negotiations must be finished, the government of both sides has indicated that they will pursue an amicable agreement regardless of the situation in Japan.

    What will we do now? Note that due to current economic conditions, you need a 14 minimum roll for a successful negotiation.

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    Domestic

    Criminal Justice Reform
    Ever wondered how Japan got its 99%+ conviction rate? Well, imagine being held in prison for some 23 days, and being interrogated ten hours each day, and only permitted to see your lawyer for 30 minutes in total during those 23 days. This is the current system of criminal justice in Japan, perhaps we need to change this.

    Shinkansen.
    Shinji Sogo, formerly director of the South Manchurian Railway Company, has presented a revolutionary plan towards the Imperial Diet, a train that can go up towards 210-220 Km/h, perhaps a closer look will reveal his logic behind such an insane proposal.

    Native Rights
    There are the Ainu in the north and the Native Taiwanese in the south, Japan might be a Homogenous country but it isn’t a fully homogeneous one, and both Native Taiwanese and Ainu have voiced their concerns about being discriminated against in workplace hiring, property purchases, and a myriad of other activities a typical Japanese would consider normal.

    Land Reclamation
    One of the main concerns for anyone living in Japan is living space, and living space has always been in short supply for such a mountainous country. A solution has been presented though, in the form of land reclamation, perhaps looking into this might provide a sustainable, long term solution towards this most Japanese of problems.

    Foreign
    Accept more Immigrants
    It seems that our program to bring in immigrants from the nearly overwhelmed countries in the Middle East and Russia are seemingly paying off. The European Immigrants are surprisingly finding themselves well settled in the country, and some of them are even venturing out of the island, at this rate, expanding the citizenship requirements for these people might become a real possibility. Then again, accepting more immigrants would make the Middle East and Russia more grateful as a result, and it would be in our best interest to keep these countries from being overwhelmed by refugees.
     
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    The Crisis is being handled amicably, for now. (you rolled an 18)

    While the bleeding will not stop for years at this point. With Japanese GDP growth predicted to drop by 2% this year for the next 3 years. The worst effects of the recession has been halted by timely governmental intervention. Japanese executives have given their shares way while the government massively restructures the company, selling off unworkable assets while reorganizing the entire organisations of several corporate departments. Sumitomo, Mitsubishi, and Mitsui are also purchasing Yasuda assets sold off in lumps. Like Vultures to Carrion.

    There are several smaller companies purchasing various Yasuda assets, such as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo buying their electronics and other companies making their opportunistic purchases, but it’s a sealed deal. If Yasuda survives, it’s going to become a much smaller company, and if Yasuda dies, their carrion will feed the Zaibatsus and other Japanese companies’ portfolios.

    Canal Zone negotiations ended in disaster, for the Japanese that is (you rolled a 5!!)

    The Canal Zone negotiations started off this year, with both the governments of Japan and Egypt more than willing to end it by December 1955. At first, it went off swimmingly, with the Japanese delegation agreeing to the 55% stake the Egyptians offered, even as the Yasuda crisis rolled around, negotiations are still taking place, and it seems that everything will be fine.

    Turns out, it didn’t, in yet another incident. This time involving the Canal Holding Company’s executives making disparaging remarks to their Egyptian employees, surely enough, Tokyo ordered their firing and replacement, but yet again. The damage is done, Egyptian negotiators demand a 65% stake now, and with no legroom to maneuver. Tokyo reluctantly agreed to the terms. They would still renegotiate after 30 years, and there would still be cooperation between the Japanese and Egyptians in the refugee crisis, but the Egyptian has gained much more in this negotiation than Japan did, very easily.

    Japanese police are being re-trained and new guidelines are issued (you rolled a 14)

    A new law was passed, with the express aim to make the police more accountable to the people and give the people even more rights. And predictably, it entered into a massive fight between the Cops and the Government. The government, especially this Socialist government, has always wanted to reduce the discretion that the police had, especially when it comes to their interrogation antics and their methods.

    Predictably the fight turned ugly, with both Politicians and Police reps screaming at each other during the various hearings. But once all said and done, the bill was pushed through both the House of Representatives and House of Peers, forcing a strict 15 minute interrogation, a requirement to have police ask whether or not the suspect desires a lawyer, have the suspect’s rights to have a lawyer be fulfilled as fast as possible, and perhaps, and most importantly, a strict, 3 day detention period for the suspect, if there’s nothing the police can found during those 3 days, the suspect must be released with no exceptions. No one outside the Seiyukai objected to this, and the PM’s office signed the law with no visible problems.

    (YOU ROLLED A 1) Japanese efforts for Civil Rights legislation ended in failure

    Unfortunately, with every success, failure must follow. And that comes in the form of attempted civil rights legislation, the Japanese populace are seemingly indignant when news of this broke out into the street. There’s a not insignificant amount of pushback from ‘everyday Japanese’ who have no desire to have their ‘rights being restrained’ due to the legislation. When news of the potentiality of the Burakumin being granted these rights surfaced. The voices turned even more indignant, with major voices initially supporting the legislation quietly backing down.

    Even symbolic efforts, like trying to create a commission to suggest improvements to civil liberties were stalled and died, it seems that it’s going to take a lot more effort to legislate this kind of laws than expected.

    The MRDC established with several senior and veteran civil servants, begins work immediately (you rolled a 19)

    The Ministry of Research, Development and Consumer Protection was established in a very unusual time, discussions were had after the Japanese Government has passed the Police legislation but before the time where everything went to crap with the Civil Rights legislation. So there is a lot of momentum to be had, and this momentum was utilized in the creation of the MRDC, discussions of naming the Ministry as a Department were turned against its head, with a ton of criticisms from Civil Servants who desire uniformity, even in naming. But otherwise, everything went as smoothly as possible. Scientists were asked to be board members and a lot of them agreed, the ministry was staffed with some pretty senior and experienced Civil Servants, so they are guaranteed to do their job effectively, and the director is himself an accomplished Chemist. Something that is needed considering the nature of the Ministry’s responsibilities.
     
    1956, Turn 8
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    The bleeding has been stopped. But it remains to be seen how well the country will turn out. There are a lot of things that need to be addressed in the wake of the Yasuda crisis, and with a new government, with a new direction. One thing’s for sure, the last years of the 1950s are sure going to be a fun one. If not necessarily beneficial for the Japanese people.

    What shall we do?
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    Monarch Points: 6

    Status of Imperial Colonies
    Core Territories

    Japanese Sakhalin (Karafuto): +100
    Japanese Taiwan: +100
    Kwantung Territories (Dairen/ Areas around Dalian OTL): +100
    Kuril Islands: +100
    Andaman and Nicobar Isles: + 50
    Cocos and Christmas Isles: +50
    Western Pacific Isles: +50
    Fiji: +38
    Papua New Guinea: +50
    New Caledonia: +36
    Solomon Islands: +40

    IMMEDIATE CONCERNS THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, TAKING ACTIONS ON IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WILL NOT COST AN ACTION POINT.

    Aftermath of the Yasuda Crisis

    The Yasuda Crisis has affected the lives of almost every Japanese imaginable. From the lowliest worker to the high flying executives, the fall of such a big Zaibatsu have led hundreds of thousands of Japanese people out of work and struggling to get by. This is obviously an untenable position, but with the Rikken Minseito in position and with a sizable minority of Socialists and Social Liberals. There are many voices advocating for various steps to be taken by the Japanese government.

    While the obvious solutions such as stimulus spending and negative income spending are a given, it is in the details, the conditions of such stimuluses that are being debated upon within the diet, the Minseito wanted to give more emphasis to Small and Medium business owners, with some provisions as to how they should use that money, while the Taishuto wanted direct money payments to the common man. Which one must we choose?

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    The new Prime Minister, Shigeru Yoshida. Was summoned into the halls of the Imperial Palace, he was just finished doing his daily duties as Prime Minister, and while these kinds of summons are expected, the request that the Emperor makes is anything but.

    “Mr Yoshida.” The Emperor spoke calmly, drinking his herbal tea as his servants treated him with the utmost respect. “I have a request for you, and even I do find this unusual, but after much deliberation with my counsel, this is now a matter in which I cannot ignore any further.”

    “There are groups of people, highly distinguished people. Military Leaders, prominent businessmen, former directors of State Owned companies, that are despising the change that we have brought into the Empire. Bringing in rights to our recently acquired territories, promoting immigration from the West, and liberalising our country as well. I understand that you know this, but I have just received reports that they are planning something… drastic.”

    He hands you a slip of paper. Showing names of various people that you didn’t expect have these sentiments. “Those are the list of people that we must take care of. I do not care for the day to day Politics Prime Minister, but I do care if someone desires to take over the Empire for their own sick machinations. Do not strike early though, for that might force these people to hide their intentions, I know that this is a lot, but strike when I say so Mr Yoshida.”

    “I have already gotten the director of the PSIA to look out for these people, monitor their activities, but we need to capture all of them in one go, and I need your government’s support in this. Are you willing to do so?”

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    I will not add in a suggestion box for this year. Interested in hearing what you might say by your own research.
     
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    A social safety net established (13)

    A series of laws was passed very rapidly, specifically designed to ensure the best possible welfare for the Japanese people during these very troubling times. Unemployment benefits, food stamps, even soup kitchens in underserved areas throughout the Empire are being set up. This is only a stopgap solution though, for the real hurdle is to ensure that confidence in the market is restored, and progress has been slow in that front.

    Zaibatsu reviews receiving significant hurdles (6)

    Speaking of confidence. The law the government tries to pass for the Zaibatsu has received, predictably, significant backlash among the executives, and even from the regular Japanese workers who worked in these companies. The executives are angry that their power is being predictably reduced, with calls for a ‘free market’ and ‘trusting the invisible hand’ being thrown around, while the regular Japanese workers fear that their wages and even job stability might be cut off if it’s revealed that their company redundantly hires too much people for some reason. It passed eventually, but this will most likely hurt the Minseito’s reelection chances.

    Various prototypes boosted by state funding (10)

    There have been reports of various supersonic jet prototypes being built by the various aircraft companies, from Mitsubishi to Nakajima to Aichi. But it seems that with government funding, the pretty slow progress on the Supersonic jets are being increased. With Mitsubishi and Nakajima announcing that they would unveil their prototype fighter to the public come 1958, with Aichi announcing a public reveal the next year.

    It is a very interesting time if you’re in the Japanese aviation industry. The sector is thriving and shows no visible sign of slowing down. Despite the economic headwinds.

    A temporary royal guard task force was created (16)

    ‘The task force for the preservation of Japan’ was created, very secretly, by the Royal Assent of the Emperor with the Prime Minister and Director of the PSIA acting as ‘board members’ for this group. PSIA agents who are smart enough to decipher rather mundane but well hidden clues are being brought in and sworn into secrecy should they accept their task. While their jobs are relatively simple for now. With the monitoring of the various agents, but should they act. The Japanese government now has power to prevent their plans to become a reality.

    Or at least, make it significantly harder for them to succeed.
     
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    It appears that fortune favours the bold. Most reputable economists and academicians are predicting that this year will be the year where the Japanese economy starts to turn around from the ashes of the Yasuda crisis. We have many opportunities that await us next year. But for now, we have to settle to doing limited actions for this year due to the still lingering effects of the economic crisis. Will we make things even better this time around? Only time will tell.

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    You have the maximum amount of monarch points available, you can now use it for anything you want. You will not gain any monarch point opportunity unless you start spending it.

    IMMEDIATE CONCERNS THAT MUST BE DEALT WITH, TAKING ACTIONS ON IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WILL NOT COST AN ACTION POINT.

    The 1957 Defense White Paper

    Prominent military figures from within the Japanese military has presented to the government about their ideas for what the Japanese Military should be in the coming decade. While most of the paper deals with the technicalities, such as specific recommendations of Destroyers or Submarines, or perhaps commissioning new designs for a standard battle rifle for the Japanese Military. There are several key points from all three branches of the military that we must address.

    Firstly, the army desires that, by the end of 1967, we would still field a 1 Million man strong military, but furthermore, they also wanted the army to be a much more mobile and effective force. They theorize that, by the end of the 1960s, most of the countries within the CPS could field effective enough armies to hold the line in Russia should a hypothetical war goes off, and the Japanese military would have the need to be the tip of the spear, punching through enemy lines via a heavily mechanized force. With that in mind, They want many things, a creation of a battle rifle, funds for the research and testing of anti tank missiles and weaponry, a new Battle Tank, one that could incorporate the best of the best of Japanese technology, and an expansion of the Helicopter fleet within the Army.

    Secondly, for the Navy. Their laundry list of objects is no less extensive, but perhaps a bit less pushy than the army, the IJN have expressed a desire to maintain a 10 carrier strong force by the end of the 1960s, with roughly 100-200 destroyers, 100 submarines, 10 Battleships and 15 cruisers. While it is a rather impressive list. They have stated that what they desire more is increasing the capability of each ship rather than having sheer numbers, they want to use the funds for each year's budget to research on catapult carriers, various deck configurations, using missiles more and more on their destroyers, cruisers and battleships, and nuclearizing the entire Japanese submarine force.

    Thirdly, there is the air force. While they have stated that they are mostly pleased with the current arrangement. They nonetheless stated that winning the war on the ground decisively depends on the air. And with that in mind, while they are mostly happy with the current progress on supersonic fighter jets, what they truly desire is funding for an expansion of the air force to roughly 500.000 men, buying more aircraft for CAS, AIr Superiority, and other miscellaneous objectives such as reconnaissance and supply carrying. They wanted more funds because they are currently busy drafting an idea for a transport plane, a gigantic aircraft that can airlift entire battalions should need be into the frontlines, a 'definite advantage' they say, should Japan goes to war. They also stated that, while their SA-1 aircraft is sufficient for current reconnaissance needs, they also want a highly dedicated supersonic recon aircraft and air superiority aircraft due to the potentially changing tides of warfare.

    Finally, all branches have agreed that they want to expand the Rikusentai to become their own branch. A branch that could launch expeditionary forces into enemy shores and create another front for the enemy should the worst happen. An expanded rikusentai is important, they argue, because dividing the responsibility of naval invasions between the Army and Navy has lead to significant problems in terms of coordination and responsibilities in the past. The paper envisions a force, carrying their own semi-carrier ships, called 'Landing Transport Docks', and could land a division or two on to enemy shores should conflict break out in just a matter of weeks.

    While all of these are promising, it is ultimately up to the government to implement such a strategy. What direction do you want the Japanese military to go?

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    The Military Defense Plans are approved. All branches are busy wrangling with doctrinal problems. (13)

    While the Air Force is visibly upset that their desire to increase the size of the force is rejected. Most of the branches are relatively happy that most, if not all their necessities are met. The Navy would get the funds needed to experiment with missiles and better torpedoes, the army would get the funds needed to research a new assault rifle, and the air force will get their money to do some brand new research and fielding of new planes.

    While this has set back the plans for a new strategic bomber for a few years, the Air Force still is adamant on getting it. And the rumoured ‘G12N’ program will probably be announced by the end of the 1950s. The other branches are now debating heavily on what’s the purpose should these new toys be put to use, and how warfare will change throughout the 1960s. There are even talks about a Universal Ammo standard, something that high command will definitely talk about in the next year.

    Shinkansen off to a rocky start (4)

    Finally, after years of lobbying, Shinji Sogo’s plans have finally borne fruit. A Shinkansen line stretching from Tokyo to Osaka will finally be built, he has planned extensively for such a thing, networking with other Japanese railway executives, most notably Hideo Shima, in order to make sure his plans were a reality.

    Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well as hoped. While for sure that this rumoured ‘Shinkansen’ is going to be a thing, the first efforts to buy land from landowners are proving to be much, much more expensive than initially thought. Certainly not a major roadblock, but something that’s going to take longer than usual to be resolved.

    Computer efforts a massive failure (2)

    This year, there was a meeting between the top figures of the Japanese computer industry, at a very notable public University as well, their job is to discuss research into Artificial Intelligence and while they know little about it. Their efforts will be felt in the decades to come, they are essentially treading new ground, debating something and innovating into new fields that in just 10 years ago, would not have been thought to exist. The government realizes this, and puts money into such endeavors, with such momentum going on, there’s no way this could go wrong.

    Unfortunately, everything did go wrong.

    There wasn’t much of a vetting process on the grants, and as a result, even the most crackpot of projects, as long as they word it nice enough and make it sound ‘viable’ would get the funding needed. While it’s possible that there are some ‘good’ proposals that slip through the cracks, it increasingly seems that this is essentially free money from the government for the various researchers to fund whatever project is in their minds, regardless of their applicability in the near future.

    Racism and Ethnocentrism plagues the sphere expo (1)


    The Sphere expo was supposed to be an exhibition showing the various cultures and nations that are part of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, an array of diverse booths and a chance for various representatives from Sphere nations to showcase their products and network even further.

    Unfortunately, the results speak for themselves. The managing committee on the expo were the worst people to ever get the job, and as a result, easily over 70% of the booths and spaces reserves for the Expo is exclusively for Japan, with over 80% of that space showcasing the products from the Japanese home islands, Taiwan, Kwantung, Sakhalin, and the other islands such as New Guinea, the Christmas Islands, Fiji, the Andaman and Nicobar isles, and the other Pacific and Indian ocean territories are all lumped into the remaining 20%, essentially making this a showcase of just how great Japan is, much to the frustration and anger of the Japanese attendees, who felt cheated, and the reps from other nations, who felt they were lied to.

    So far, this expo has been a huge failure, with the managing committee members fired immediately in the aftermath, and the Japanese government making promises that next year would be different, but so far. The future of the sphere expo is put into doubt as the phantoms of ethnocentrism and racism from the first sphere expo looms.
     
    1958, Turn 10
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    Sorry for the late wait guys, but here it is, the year 1958. There will be tons of crises that you need to handle, so pick and choose your solutions wisely.

    Out of the frying pan and into the fire, that seems to be the recurring motto of the 1950s for Japan. Just as the country is off of the throes of the greatest economic crises to hit the country's modern history, another batch of issues are starting to crop up, from Ramon Magsaysay's sudden announcement, to the future of the sphere expo, and even to the Messenger Satellite's launch. There are many challenges, but with Japan back on it's feet, it stands to reason that the country will find a new footing as this decade ends.

    [X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction (Finished by 1965)
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    Riots in Taiwan.

    It seems that law and order has broken down in Japan's southern isle, an investigation of a recently found dead man within the streets of Taipei has unearthed a den of corruption within Taiwan's police department, a system of favours, bribes and graft plagues the island, and in it's wake, justice cannot be delivered, and the island's increasingly diverse population is very much pissed off by the death of the man. What must we do?

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    The Future of the Sphere Expo

    The Sphere Expo is in a crisis. The first year of the Expo didn't necessarily correspond to expectations, and while promises are made that the 2nd year of the sphere expo would be different. Skepticism among the participating countries remain relatively high after how they were treated last year. How must we deal with this issue?

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    Choosing Japan's next fighter Jet

    The F-1 or the FI-1, that is the question. Both of them are incredibly good jets, and both of them are highly maneuverable and advanced aircrafts for their age. But the Air Force cannot, at least for now, procure both jets at the same time. Must we go with Mitsubishi's proposal? The F-1 is the clear favourite of the Air Force, long range, relatively cheaper production costs, and tons of room for modifications and improvements, with even the possibility of a naval version enticing the Navy as well, or the FI-1, a more capable, but more expensive with less range than the F-1? Perhaps a mix of both? Like a fleet of 50% F-1's and 50% FI-1's? The choice is yours.

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    Magsaysay's Visit

    Initially, the visit of Ramon Magsaysay stunned the country, what is such a prominent individual doing? Announcing so brazenly and in such short notice? The flight to Tokyo was thankfully short, and when the moment arrives, when Shigeru Yoshida meets with him. The reason of his visit suddenly became clear.

    He was sweating through his shirt, clearly an indicator that he lacks sleep, his eyes keeps dilating back and forth, bloodshot and his hair was a mess. He explained that there is currently an upstart general that wants to assassinate him, some guy named Ferdinand Marcos, has aspirations to become a dictator of the Philippines, he suspects that he has garnered the support of the Americans, more than eager to bloody Japan a little bit after our escapades in Puerto Rico, and asks for our help, specifically, with the PSIA and their intelligence capabilities. Must we help him?

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    The Green Revolution

    Nikolai Vavilov is an anomaly in Russia, even before the rise of Savinkov and the splitting of Russia into two. He was a man with a moral compass few people in his own country could match, a man of daring, willing to explore Ethiopia and other remote regions in the world for such an innocuous thing.

    Seeds.

    But, after careful years of research, with his team and his seed bank, the story of how both of them survived the chaos of Savinkov's rise and the war that followed worthy of a story of his own. His research has borne fruit. His team has indicated a series of seeds, seeds that can massively increase yields of staple crops such as rice, wheat, sorghum, potatoes, and many other plants, and he himself has personally travelled to Tokyo to ask for our help, for our funding in several field tests of his new seed types. With the eventual goal of mass distribution of these seeds to farmers all across the CPS and beyond. His results and papers have been solid, so our scientists say. But the burden of decision lies with you.

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