Shadows of Europe
Mitsuhama Computer Technologies
Corporate Court Ranking (2075): #1 (previously #3)
Corporate Slogan: “The Future Is Mitsuhama”
Corporate Status: AAA, public corporation
Worlds Headquarters: Kyoto, Japanese Imperial State
President/CEO: Toshiro Mitsuhama
Honorary Board Advisor: Taiga “Tiger” Mitsuhama
Chairman of the Board: Samba Oi
Major Shareholders: Toshiro Mitsuhama (21%), Samba Oi (13%), Shin Yuruyasu (11%), Saigusa Oguramaro (10%), Uehara Akae (10%), Kürgen Bergfalk (6%), Wyatt Thorpe (4%), Hishi Kensaka (4%), Minor Shareholders (21%)
This Japanacorp is all about the computers. Robotics, heavy industry, you name it —but it’s less well known that they’re one of the biggest manufacturers of magical goods.. There’s a rumor going around that they’re in bed with the Yakuza (who am I kidding, they’re all over each other). In any case, they’ve established quite a presence in North America over the last few years. The corp pays very well for success in shadowruns, but when you fail they…disapprove. Be extra careful when you’re running against them, because their “zero-zone” policy of shooting first and shooting more later usually means failed runners get geeked.
- Ejen Teeg
- Kinetsa Motashi
- Killian Kujiyawa
- Grace Mombasi
- Kenner Ashwood
- Ilyena Mitsuhama
|Major Divisions & Subsidiaries:|
|Mitsuhama Africa||Mitsuhama Financial Group|
|Mitsuhama Asia||Mitsuhama Latin America|
|Mitsuhama Australasia||Mitsuhama North America|
Astin Remote Systems
|Mitsuhama Correction Services:
Aekei Heuristic Technologies
Dolmen Data Systems
Confederate Broadcasting Company
|Mitsuhama Magical Services:
Mitsuhama Thaumaturgical Research
Pentacle Distributing Inc.
California Free State Rapid Transit
Front Range Transit International
Mitsubishi Motor Company
|Mitsuhama Industrial Technologies:
Automation System Inc.
Takai Development Corporation
Many Westerners favor the saying, “The past is the past.” They use this phrase to make light of history and focus attention on the present day. Present-day Mitsuhama Computer Technologies is very different from the Mitsuhama that strode onto the international mar- ket back in the early years of this century, but it has not lost the memory of how it grew from a struggling construction company to the most powerful corporation in Japan. Now it has used that memory to become the largest megacorporation in the world. For those who do not wish to seek out this glorious history on their own, I shall provide an abridged version.
It all started during the recession around the turn of the century. Taiga “Tiger” Mitsuhama was facing the collapse of his father’s construction company, Mitsuhama Construction. As tends to be the case in a recession, theirs was not the only company in trouble. Tiger earned his name well, as he was not going to
go down peacefully. Inspired by the American mantra “United We Stand,” he began reaching out to other struggling corporations in an effort to join together and create strength through unity and numbers. Had this plan worked, he may have earned the nickname Wolf instead of Tiger, but the pack did not want to form around him. Undeterred and willing to survive at any cost, Tiger took another piece of classic Americana and ran with it. A construction company gaining support from organized crime. Tiger went to the Yakuza, and in exchange for some money laundering and favorable dealings, he gained the support of an organization that had seen only gains in the recession, as the need to have vices filled rose in order to escape reality.
Tiger may have taken tips from America’s past, but his loyalty to Japan never wavered. He was not satisfied with only saving his company. He had originally approached other Japanese companies to unite, not just to save his family’s company, but to strengthen all of Japan. Now flush with cash, Mitsuhama Construction grew quickly, often through the purchase of the very companies that had refused him as they continued to struggle. After only a pair of years, they were a major corporate force with three divisions —heavy industry, computer technologies, and robotics.
Tiger’s example inspired his son, Toshiro, who joined the corporation and continued his father’s expansion and diversification. Toshiro expanded Mitsuhama in much the same way as his father —snagging struggling operations, then infusing them with capital, solid executives, and the best innovations corporate espionage could ac- quire. Toshiro was savvy, sly, and willing to break the law. While growing as a megacorporate power, Mitsuhama also grew as a first-rate research and development firm thanks to their eye for underdeveloped concepts, top- notch corporate espionage skills, and a complete lack of any confining morals when it came to business.
Being a top R&D spot lined them up perfectly for the Awakening and eventual rush for magical knowledge. Wise moves, legal acumen, and strategic talent acquisitions built the foundation that has made Mitsuhama the magical powerhouse it is today.
No history of Mitsuhama would be complete without touching on the corp’s relationship with the Yakuza more deeply. Tiger and Toshiro kept the corporation growing, and that growth and success earned them respect from the Yakuza. It was not only the money that engendered this respect from the oyabuns. Though father and son knew well what the Yakuza were, they treated them as honored business partners rather than shady criminals. Even after the megacorporation had grown large enough to cut ties, they kept their connection to the Yakuza oyabuns who supported them. That’s important to know, because not all of the Yakuza supported Mitsuhama. Not all oyabuns were in on this initial deal, and whenever anyone has a greater concentration of power, others seek to take that power for their own. So it went with the Yakuza and schisms were created.
When Mitsuhama quickly became the larger of the two partners, the investment by the Yakuza started to truly pay off. Everywhere that Mitsuhama went, the Yakuza could follow and get a strong foothold. Thanks to the menace and support of their extraterritorial big brother, the crime syndicate expanded their influence and territory around the world. The symbiosis continued as the additional street-level and shadowy resources of the Yakuza gave Mitsuhama more feet on the ground and eyes in the shadows.
Whenever one is even peripherally involved with the politics of dragons, I like to make it known. Tiger’s Yakuza allies already had a powerful backer by the time Ryumyo contacted Akira Watada. Ryumyo awoke in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2027 that he sunk his claws into the organized crime syndicate. Once he was in, he was in deep. Within the year the dragon had solidified ties to the Watada-rengo and strengthened the portion of the powerful criminal organization that had not supported Tiger. With those ties came connections to Mitsuhama. The iconic battle of tiger and dragon, prominent in Japanese culture, plays out in the shadows of these organizations to this day. This battle would have long ago been decided if it were not for the strength of Mitsuhama’s magical division and the honor and traditions of the Yakuza.
Their history in the shadows of the world has been as dark, often darker, than any of their rival megacorporations with the exception of Aztechnology. In the ’50s they filled the shadows of the world with fear as they extended the Zero-Zone policy to all Mitsuhama facilities around the world, making the idea of crossing the corporation’s extraterritorial border a death sentence. Thousands of runners lost their lives in first-world sprawls like Seattle and Neo-Tokyo when they doubt- ed the megacorporation’s convictions to hold to their policy in such a place. Only the young and foolish still do so. Third-world Mitsuhama facilities became feared places, whispered to contain the dark spirits of the surrounding culture. Mitsuhama Computer Technologies, a nerdy-sounding Japanese megacorporation, was the most feared company in the world.
With their reputation for deadly security, their extraterritorial status, and a mentality of profit first, Mitsuhama developed extensive black labs and began the early days of their earth-stripping operations that would lead to disasters like they have left behind in the Tsimshian Protectorate and the Congo. Facilities in the major sprawls became known for their safe environs and the awe-inspiring presence of MCT security officers in full body armor walking around on patrol. While one area of the world felt they were the safest people in existence, another was being plundered for all it was worth, including the lives of its citizens.
While Tsimshian and Congo are well-known examples thanks to the Corporate Court and other megacorporations trying to throw off and hide their own indiscriminate money-making efforts, these places are not the only locales that have been affected by the presence of Mitsuhama facilities in search of resources or using production practices with toxic effects. That is also not the case at every Mitsuhama facility. Green technology has to be developed somewhere, and while MCT may be well-known for its heavy industry beginnings, they have expanded into every possible avenue, including green tech. No profit is turned down by MCT, even if the research may be considered immoral by some.
The fact that MCT (and every other megacorp) has efforts to understand and make the abilities of technomancers profitable shouldn’t be a surprise. The fact that the technomancers have launched into terrorist campaigns primarily against MCT should be. The megacorporation has been dealing with these issues for some time now, and despite the vast amount of data they’ve gathered on technomancer abilities and the amazing treatments they have developed for AIPS and other neurological dysfunctions, they’re still a target.
The recent change to update the worldwide Matrix was primarily the work of Mitsuhama with some collaboration with NeoNET. They sought to create a Matrix safe from the technomancer threat and have been developing more protocols in the ensuing years to locate and counter technomancer abilities and make the new Matrix even safer.
The MCT of today is a megacorporation in the truest sense of the word. They have stakes in businesses on every continent and in almost every country. If hidden subsidiaries were revealed, it would probably be every country. They dabble in every research field out there, rule several of them, and create new ones every day. In the shadows they have a bi-polar reputation. On one hand they are the Zero-Zone corporation with zero tolerance for failure, especially in the case of runners they deem worthy to hire. On the other, they treat successful runners like valued corporate employees. They pay well, deal straight, and if you get double-crossed it was your fault somehow. That fault is most often created by a failure to remember that they expect closed mouths and honor among thieves.
Mitsuhama has a strong culture of honor and respect for authority, much like the nation they arose within. Corporate rank and position determine honorifics such as -sama and -san within the citizens of the corporation. All citizens of Mitsuhama, whether living in Japan, Seattle, London, or Paris are required to understand the values of Japan and show honor and deference to the Emperor.
Rank and promotion are earned through hard and successful work. Failure is a cause for shame, not just on the individual who failed but on their entire family. Seppuku is an acceptable atonement for failure that clears the dishonor from the family.
Working with MCT Johnsons is likely to be an experience you won’t forget. Mitsuhama Johnsons are insanely precise and methodical. They will usually have your entire run planned out already —maps, covers, weapon caches, vehicles— everything. Their demand will be that you follow it to the T. Some teams enjoy this, as it cuts out the legwork, but many teams are incredibly wary of so totally putting their lives in the hands of someone not going in under the gun with them. In addition, MCT Johnsons expect complete success. If you fail, do not expect any payment. They won’t ask for it, but they’ll also expect you to refund any advance you may have taken. Doing this may avert the kill squad they’ll be sending to put a bullet in your head. MCT Johnsons are very all-or-nothing kind of guys. On the other hand, they pay exceedingly well.
Note that there is a distinction between doing a run directly for a Mitsuhama Johnson versus doing a run for the Yakuza on behalf of MCT. The corporation feeds the syndicate a lot of jobs they don’t want to bother with. In that case, the modus operandi will not be as described here, nor will the payment be as rich. But if you’re deal- ing directly with an MCT Johnson, you are definitely in the big leagues and better bring your A-game.