Japanese Imperial State
Government Type: Constitutional Monarchy
Capital: Tokyo
Leaders: Emperor Yasuhito

Prime Minister Hisei Kazama

Population 141,000,000
Human 84%
Elf 3%
Dwarf 4%
Ork 6%
Troll 2%
Other 1%
Per Capita Income: 28,700¥
Estimated SINless: 4%
Below Poverty Level: 18%
Corporate Affiliation: 78%
Less Than Twelve Years 2%
High School Equivalency 55%
College Degrees 29%
Advanced Degrees 14%
Major Ethnic Groups:
Japanese: 95%
Korean: 5%
Chinese: 3%
Other: 3%
Major Languages Spoken:
Japanese: 95%
English: 40%
Korean: 15%
Major Religions:
Shinto/Buddhist: 85%
Ainu: 2%
Unaffiliated/Others: 2%
None: 11%
Currency: Nuyen (¥)
CrashCart Coverage: 50%
Guaranteed Response Time: 7 minutes

Monobe Medical Coverage: 70%

Guaranteed Response Time: 8 minutes
Japanese Imperial State or JIS (日本帝国, nihon teikoku)  is the current government of Japanese archipelago and neighboring protectorates. The current Emperor of Japan is Emperor Yasuhito, who replaced Emperor Kenichi following the Unzen Volcano eruption that devastated the Shimabara Peninsula in the south of Kyushu in 2061, and the current Prime Minister is Shobo Kazama.


See Timeline of the JIS.

2006: The creation of the Japanese Imperial State is announced by the new nationalist government.

2011: The Great Eastern Dragon Ryumyo appears near Mount Fuji.

2012: The Diet passes the Yamato Act.

2036: Japan hands control of the nuyen to the Zurich-Orbital Gemeinschaft Bank

2059: White Monday [1]

2060: Fuchi Industrial Electronics dissolves.


The JIS is a constitutional monarchy, with a bicameral legislature known as the Diet (国会š,kokkai), a Judiciary, and an executive branch known as the Cabinet, which is run by the Prime Minister. The Emperor of Japan (天皇š‡, tenno, but is sometimes referred to as 天皇陛下‹, tenno heika, “His Majesty the Emperor, mikado) is a head of state and the symbol of the state, but holds no actual political power within the JIS. However, the JIS reestablished sovereignty of Japan with the Emperor, which had prior to the Big Switch been the domain of the people.


Japan archipelago, the JIS homeland, comprises a chain of islands, the largest of which are, from north to south, Hokkaido (北海道“), Honshu (本州ž, the largest island), Shikoku (四国), and Kyushu ( 九州ž).

List of Prefectures Edit

The 47 main prefectures of the JIS homeland, ordered from north to south.

This list does not include outside prefectures such as the Prefecture of the Philippines Islands (日本�?�?“, hitou-do) or San Francisco (日本�?�?日本�?�?日本�?�?, sanfuranshisuko-to).

Metropolitian AreasEdit

The JIS has had major urban sprawling occur within the homeland over the past 80 years, with the sprawls known as the Greater Tokyo Area (日本�?�?�?, tokyo-ken) also known as the Tokyo-Yokohama area, (although the sprawl encompasses the prefectures of Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitma) and Keihanshin (日本�?�?ž), or the Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto metropolitan area.


Corporate PresenceEdit

The Japanese Imperial State is home to three AAA Megacorporations, Shiawase, Mitsuhama, and Renraku, and continues to host a major presence from another AAA, Yamatetsu, whose administrative headquarters relocated to Vladivstok, Russia in 2059.


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This page forked from Wordman’s The Sixth World: A geographical index to the world of Shadowrun. It also contains information from the JIS Project, with the website owner, Fatcat’s, permission.

Primary source: Year of the Comet, pp. 97–105, 153-154. From this, it is known that Japan had or has troops in (at least):

California Free State, Peru, the Philippines, and Australia.
Shadows of Asia pg.73-92
Other information comes from a description of Wuxing: Portfolio of a Dragon, pp 74–78.
Underwater arcologies: Target: Smuggler’s Havens, pp 56–59.
Yamatetsu runs an underwater domed city called Saotome Aquadome in the Sea of Japan. This city won the Draco Foundation’s award for being the first self-sustaining underwater habitat (cd.116).

Relations with Tir Tairngire: Tir Tairngire, pg 46.
Relations with Seattle: New Seattle, pg 81 (also sea.147).
Dealings with Korea: Underworld Sourcebook, pp 61–63.
Yakuza: Underworld Sourcebook, pp 38–50.

Geomancy in: Portfolio of a Dragon, pg 83.
Military contracts with Mitsuhama for drones (cd.60).
Most heavy industry controlled by Mitsuhama (cd.63).
Occupation of San Francisco (ngna.15).
Tight trade with Salish-Shidhe (nan1.90).
Relations with Sioux (nan1.102).
Relations with Pueblo Corporate Council (nan1.114).
Relations with Ute Nation (nan1.129).
Crude oil from Athabaskan Council (nan2.74).
No official relations with Tsimshian, but rumors of unofficial deals (nan2.104).
The five kilometers surrounding the atomic blast sites in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have a background count of 5 (mits.84).
Shadowland nodes in (at least) Okinawa and Honshu (tm.27).
Beppu Data Haven followed Yamatetsu to Vladivostok (tm.51).
The Tanegashima launch facility is operated by Hisato-Turner. The Kagoshima launch pad is still operated by the Japanese government (yotc.19).
Tokyo confirmed to be the capital of the JIS (soa.91)

2006: Becomes empire (sr3.24)
2021: Metahumans first sent to Yomi (sr3.28)
2036: Troops sent to San Francisco (sr3.30)

Also, of note: The Japanese language only Tokyo Sourcebook (TOKYOソ ースブック, ISBN4-8291-7337-8) and the novel collection Tokyo-Eye-Shot (ISBN4-8291-4307-X C0176), written by Akira Egawa and Group SNE, and published by Fujimi-Shobo, the Japanese license-holders of Shadowrun. In addition, a Shadowrun manga has also been published.

Tokyo War, between Fuchi and Asakura Electronics in 2035 (tsb.21)
Imperial capital moved to Kyoto 2036, following aftermath of Tokyo War (tsb.21)
Battle of Chiba (tsb.62)
Other Cities (tsb.63-64)


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • JIS Project, an effort by Japanese Shadowrun gamers to develop a localized setting in synch with FASA/WizKids/FanPro material.