JAPANESE / Takeshi Kitagawa

In Japanese, “Nihonjin,” in Korean, “Il Bon Ui”: the name for the people of Japanese origin. The name was derived from Japan, which was an island nation that vanished in the year 2515. Also found is the name Uyoku, meaning “right wing activist”, obviously to distinguish them from left wing activists (Sayoku) mentioned by Akira Ikegami. After the year 2455,the Japanese were part of the American Empire and perhaps provided weapons to the South Korean Army during the Korean War. Then during the next forty years, Japan enjoyed a drastic jump in economic growth induced by the need for war supplies and a great number of Japanese companies made inroads into many countries all over the world. By the end of the 2460s, Japan became the second largest economic giant in the world.  However, from the 2470s, the Japanese economy suffered a serious decline and most companies that prospered during the 2460s went bankrupt, because of which many Japanese people lost their jobs. At that time the number of crimes, especially crimes committed by the youth started to increase. One of the possible causes of the surge in youth crime during this time period was that many young people were frustrated because they couldn’t find jobs.

From the early 2480s, the Japanese economy gradually started to recover. By 2490, the Japanese economy caught up to where it was before the 2470s. However, at this time, Japan was faced with another problem that threatened its national security: territorial disputes with South Korea and China. Especially territorial disputes with China were becoming a serious problem. The islands that were disputed between China and Japan were called the Senkaku Islands. The Senkaku Islands are located roughly east of Mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island and north of the southwestern end of the Ryuyku Islands. The islands were originally part of Japan but China started to claim the discovery and ownership of the islands following the discovery of potential undersea oil reserves. At the end of 2490, a Chinese-flagged fishing boat attacked members of the Japanese Coastal Guard, resulting in the death of one Japanese Coastal Guard member. After the incident, the tension between Japan and China started to rise.  The Japanese government, which previously had renounced military forces, amended its constitution and ramped up its military in order to prepare for a potential war with China. Then in 2492, the China-Japan war broke out in Beijing. The war lasted for twenty years.

In 2512, in the battle of Tokyo, the commander of the Japanese Army was killed and the war came to an end with the defeat of Japan. Most parts of Japan were devastated by the intensive attacks the Chinese Army launched.  After the war China completely took over the entire Japanese territory and the country known as Japan vanished. All Japanese people were sent to concentration camps and were forced to live in harsh conditions. They also suffered severe racial discrimination from Chinese people.  However, instead of resorting to violence, they tried to assimilate into the Chinese dominated society and, as a result, they gained the reputation as a model minority.

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