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

1958, Turn 10 results
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    Fortunately, Japan’s space program is back on track. (9)

    After several investigations, it is eventually revealed that the reason for the N1 rocket’s failure lies not much with any engineering problems, but with deliberate sabotage from some unknown agent. After some digging from the PSIA, it is revealed that the culprit is most likely a French agent that disguises himself as a visiting Australian academic, while we cannot capture him, since he’s back in France. Security is tightened and the reconstruction of the rocket is back on track. Set to launch in the summer of 1958 with the Emperor himself willing to pay a visit.

    Shin Meiwa a clear winner in the sudden push into the Aviation industry (15)

    While boosts in military aviation are evident due to the Government’s push, it seems that Shin Meiwa industries are getting the most benefit. With them planning to develop a series of commercial jets designed to compete with the Skyjet 100. On the other hand, advances in Japanese computing means that these technologies are starting to bleed into the Civilian Aviation industry. Proposals for a ‘Digital Autopilot’ system are being floated around within the industry. While experimental engine types like a Ramjet are being thought of in design boards all across the major aviation companies.

    A curious proposal from Kyushu U has been granted government approval (14)

    While last year’s computing grants program was mostly a disaster. This year though, with increased scrutiny and more money from private investors, it seems that more and more research projects that can feasibly yield immediate results are being granted. One of them though stands out.

    It’s a proposal from one of the Computer Research professors at Kyushu U. A sort of ‘network’ where people from one University can communicate instantly with people from other Universities, potentially even at once. Not unlike a telephone call, only much more sophisticated and more pliable to be modified. The JXRNET (Japanese Experimental Research Network) program was granted the money needed, though it’s fruits will not bear fruit for decades to come.

    Massive pushback against nuclear power expansion, citing security concerns (1)

    While Japan does have one Commercially working nuclear reactor in Tokyo. Further expansion into the Archipelago was plagued with protests from concerned citizens, while expansions into mainland asia was hammered by concerns regarding the security of such a facility, and the possibility of sharing our nuclear secrets with fellow CPS nations. It seems that Nuclear Power Expansion in both the home isles and abroad are stunted for the time being.

    Shinkansen still hitting roadblocks (2)

    Not much progress is being seen in Shinkansen, now the Japanese Engineers are realizing that their boring machines aren’t sufficient in cutting holes across mountains, so with that in mind, a whole new boring machine and even more liberal use of explosives must be used, bloating the budget even more and taking ever the more longer for the Shinkansen project to finish.

    The new sphere expo a smashing hit. (16)

    Well, at least the promises you’ve made and the Emperor’s intent on attendance have made the new committee realize their mistakes. The new convention is also hosted in a rather striking new building. Built on newly reclaimed land and is currently the largest convention center in the world.



    Now, instead of the nearly overwhelming majority of Japanese products being offered, there are now cultural exhibitions from places as far away as Somalia. Regular Japanese folk, themselves not really familiar with some of the more ‘exotic’ cultures of the other CPS members, started flocking, learning about new things about their fellow CPS member states, and seemingly appreciating the cultural diversity on display. It remains to be seen how a yearly expo of this size is going to affect the national psyche.

    And also the fact that, decades later. This very site would also be used for a convention covering much more questionable topics, but that is still decades away.

    A veteran politician leads the commission concerning Taiwan. (11)

    Perhaps the best choice for the PM’s office right now, in light of the distressing situation in the supposed ‘model’ colony is to get the best person for the job, someone who has shown tremendous ability to compromise, govern, and point out some flaws that need be addressed if there is a need.

    Someone like Tetsu Katayama fits that bill to a T. And he starts to work immediately. Pointing out a visible ‘lack of sensitivity’ from the local police force, a ‘stunning ignorance on the issues of the populace’, and ‘general complacency’ within their ranks. The proposals have had wide reaching implications, pointing out that Japanese rule isn’t such a ‘paradise’ the politicians have marketed towards the populace, it remains to be seen what reforms can be passed from such findings.

    The F-1 chosen, even with resistance from Kawasaki (4)

    Well, it seems obvious that the F-1 would be chosen, but the resistance from Kawasaki for the FI-1 is unexpectedly strong, it appears that the company has sunk much more money than expected into their FI-1 program and are seeking to recoup their losses with the Japanese Government contract, it fails of course, but before a massive PR campaign was launched by Kawasaki, trying to convince the Japanese populace of the value of the FI-1 over the F-1.

    Still, both Korea and China are interested in buying the FI-1, with China willing to make the FI-1 their mainline fighter if for a couple of tech transfer agreements. So it seems it should be smooth sailing for Kawasaki as well.

    A special task force for Magsaysay was given (16)

    An MOU filled with platitudes such as ‘increasing trade between the Great Nations of Japan and the Philippines’ was signed, the President must arrive back and give some form of result to the populace, lest the people that wanted to overthrow the government gets suspicious, what was less suspicious though, was the arrival of several Japanese Government ‘Advisors’ to Manilla International Airport in the next couple of days, all of them seemingly disappearing into the wind.

    It remains to be seen what kind of stuff they can dig up.
     
    The Sudan War, 1959
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    Tokyo, Japan, Summer 1959.

    “Mr Prime Minister!”

    Your head turns as various generals are debating in your office. The situation in Sudan has deteriorated to such an extent that intervention is necessary, and with the increasing conflicts between Sudanese and Toubou troops, it seems that the intervention is becoming more and more of a reality.

    And in comes this man, barging into your meeting with files of paperwork, you ask what his intentions are, and he says that he is relaying news from the Sudanese embassy in Tokyo.

    A joint force of British, French, various Internationale African countries, and of course, Toubouese troops have crossed the border between the commune and Sudan, the Sudanese troops, while definitely prepared, is not in a position to defend their desert border towns, and are being routed as he speaks. Egyptian, Ethiopian, and Somalian forces are en route to Khartoum, with further orders from their respective commands to head west to the desert once they reach the Sudanese capital, and he says that the Embassy needs as much help from any CPS nations willing to join the fight.

    Japan has troops stationed in Arabia, a sizable force, and our fleets are ready to depart from Kure and Nagasaki immediately if need be. We also have some airwings stationed in East Russia that can be redirected there too, it will be a stopgap measure while the rest of the CPS mobilizes, but it is an option.

    While the generals are frantically trying to reach their phones and get as much information as possible, what shall you do?

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    While Imperial troops all across the Empire have been alerted and being prepared for immediate deployment, Aerial assets, from a mixture of old J7 jet fighters to the newer F-1’s, and the various other air support planes Japan has in the area has been redirected into the area. They are slowing down the advance of the African Internationale troops, but resistance is stiff, and there are fierce battles between Japanese pilots against the so-called ‘Volunteer’ French and English ones.

    The border cities of Al Junaynah are gone though, and the battle of Al Fashir is still underway, with Sudanese troops, now more dug in, fighting for every inch in that ancient cities’s corridors against the encroaching syndicalist tide. They are expected to lose unfortunately, as the pressure from Syndie troops are too great to overcome for such a small defending force.

    On the International side though, The Philippines, Korea, Persia and India have vowed that they would send expeditionary forces to defend Sudan from this ‘Unprecedented Aggression’ as the Filipino Foreign Minister so eloquently stated. They are, nonetheless, still waiting for Japan’s response to the situation, air support is fine, but it is looking more and more that ground troops may be necessary to defend the country. The first of the expeditionary forces, the Filipinos, are expected to arrive by 20 days tops.

    What shall you do now?
     
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    Japanese Troops have arrived, along with increased air support, the African Advance is being pushed back.

    The first Japanese Troops arrived at Port Sudan at the end of July 1959. A hot summer’s day in Sudan as some 50.000 Japanese troops disembarked from their cargo ships and started unloading their equipment, this would technically be the first deployment of some new weapons Japan has invented. Like the Howa Type 60 Assault Rifle, the Type 49 Tank, new mobile self propelled artillery models, and of course, helicopters.

    And it seems that the helicopters have proven to be a very valuable asset for the Japanese.

    For as troops are disembarking right now. Japanese helicopters are already off for their first mission, the mass evacuation of Al Fashir. The city is practically almost surrounded, with incredibly dogged resistance from Sudanese troops, but it is generally agreed that the town is lost, African Internationale troops have already bypassed the town and are already on their way to the River city of Rabak. Intent on capturing it, and the situation in Al Fashir devolved into a semi-siege, Japanese helicopters and some light transport planes, the only ones available to land on the airstrip the ones from the Second and Post Second Weltkrieg eras, covered by Jet Fighters and CAS Airplanes descended into the desert city, evacuating en masse the Sudanese troops trapped there.

    It is the first airborne operation in such a scale, and roughly 89-90% of Sudanese troops were successfully evacuated, the rest unfortunately shot down by Syndicate AA or tragically crash landed when they landed on the Al Fashir Airport.

    Now, with African Internationale, ehem. Syndietern troops about to do battle with a now more coordinated joint African defense of the city of Rabak. We have two options on our hands. We can join into the fray of Urban Fighting, it’ll be bloody, but it would slow down the Syndicate troops to such an extent that we can plan a counterattack, or perhaps we can let the defense of the city be the responsibility of the Egyptians, Sudanese and other Sphere African soldiers, while we built pontoon bridges at the Nile and cross the river, effectively encircling the Syndietern troops should our maneuvers be successful.

    Do note some 150.000 troops will arrive on the next turn. Not counting other countries' expeditionary forces.

    What shall we do?

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    Japanese Combat Engineers set to work on creating pontoon bridges across the Nile. And while their operation and subsequent Japanese counterattack was a success. The airspace that was still being contested and the Syndietern's decision to pull troops from the city prevented a complete success. The OpFor commanders realizing that an incoming encirclement was about to happen and decided to cut their losses most likely.

    It's not a total loss, the front has been mostly stabilized, with the incoming arrival of some 150.000 extra Japanese troops, a formal pierce through enemy positions is possible. Now what shall we do?

    Do note that Syndietern troops have a high chance to attack into Southern Sudan. Their frontline now stretches from the small town of Umm Ruwaba to Kadugli in the south, and some tiny desert towns not that close to Omdurman to the north, there's still a ton of room for both sides to maneuver. And the airspace is still contested between CPS and Syndietern fighter jets.

    Filipino, Korean, Persian, and Indian troops are expected to arrive any day now, numbering 350.000 in total, and we have secured the support of Malaya, Insulindia, Siam, Australia, and China as well, each will bring in some 50.000 troops along with their countries' respective airwings.

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    The Great Advance broke through enemy ranks, scattering Syndietern forces.

    Scholars will debate just how on Earth the Japanese managed to pull this sort of offensive off, it is a wide front offensive, with an airspace that is bitterly contested, and yet, the success of the advance is clear for all to see. Japanese troops, with cooperation from other CPS countries, managed to punch a hole in Syndietern lines and create multiple encirclements within the Sudanese desert during the months where Operation Kamikaze, the name for the attack, was in effect. KI-98 and FA-1 Air Support, Good artillery coordination, the speediness of Japanese tanks, and of course, the initiative and capabilities of both Japanese CO's and NCO's was in full show to the world. As pocket after pocket of enemy troops were slowly closed, African Syndietern commanders realized that the speed of the CPS' advance is not going to let up anytime soon, and with the troops in the southern front in danger of being cut off, a general retreat was ordered.

    All of this leading to enemy lines contracting and contracting, as Japanese and other CPS soldiers kept pushing forward. Eventually reaching the Sudanese-Toubou border by the end of 1959. A veritable Status Quo ante-bellum was achieved, and with that, discussions are raging in Tokyo regarding whether or not we should press the advantage or commence peace negotiations now.

    But that is for a later time, for now. With the success of Operation Kamikaze, we can focus on other things. Such as the administration of Japan for 1959.

    What do you want to do?

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    1959, Turn 11 results
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    Slow Progress on the Shinkansen (You rolled a 9)

    As is the case with creating something new, technical problems still continue to plague the construction of the Shinkansen. From the materials needed for the wheels. To the decision to create an entirely new rail line separate from all other Japanese rail networks, to the design of how the signalling system should work. Progress on the Shinkansen continues, albeit with a slower timeframe than expected.

    Exercise SEALANDAIR, a new type of military exercise, being planned (you rolled an 11)

    With the success of Operation Kamikaze. Japanese military officials in Tokyo have started an extensive review process of what went right and wrong during the course of the war. From the usage of new tank tactics to the feasibility of mass evacuations with helicopters. Many things are being reviewed, and a new type of exercise, perhaps hosted by some host country every year, incorporating all elements of a nation’s military, and including multiple nations to boot. Might be possible, Military generals from Insulindia and the Philippines have at least supported such a notion, but it remains to be seen if this experimental Exercise will gain traction.

    Modernization processes goes well (You rolled a 12)


    The Sudan war also coincided with Hawker Australia’s release of the Hunter Fighter Jet. A multipurpose trans sonic fighter jet that is significantly less expensive than some of our offerings. With the war being in a stalemate, the various cash strapped militaries of the African and Middle Eastern nations, now well aware of the threat Syndicalism poses. Are buying Hunters en masse, this, coupled with Japan’s increased willingness to sell more of its modernized weapons. Has proven to be a godsend for many a country within the CPS who wanted to beef up it’s military after the recent spat with Syndietern forces.

    More Independence for CPS nations as Japan relinquishes its ‘dependencies’ (You rolled a 15)

    When Japan went on it’s expansion during the 1940s. There are many countries that Japan conquered and turned into a ‘Dependency of the Empire of Japan’. While it doesn’t sound too good on a surface level, it effectively means that the country that was conquered was part of the CPS and a SocDem government was installed in its place.

    With the end of the Sudan War, and the growing need for self governance in the various ‘dependencies’, Japan has decided to grant all countries that are formerly ‘Dependencies of the Empire of Japan’ their independence, from Australia all the way to the Arabian Republic, from Georgia all the way to Vietnam. These countries are now independent in full, while nonetheless still remaining members of the CPS.

    More progress on the JXRNET (You rolled a 15)


    The aftermath of the Sudan War created an increased necessity in Tokyo’s Point of View to pour even more money into its burgeoning electronics program. And chief among them was the JXRNET. Now garnering more interest from even more universities, the JXRNET, even though it is still in it’s conceptual phase, is nonetheless gaining steam due to the focused efforts by the government to ensure its success. It remains to be seen though, whether the JXRNET will yield the results it promises. An instantaneous network between Universities, allowing for a more efficient way for exchanging information.
     
    1960, Turn 12
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    Tokyo, 13th of January, 1960.


    The night is young and yet the city feels like it has never slept. Seemingly nobody's going back to their apartments at night and resting, everyone is either busy taking their families shopping, or eating with their families, or hanging out with their friends, or a little bit in between. A cacophony of activity in the heart of an empire that many thought couldn't achieve this level of progress.

    Neon lights blaring, selling their tacky and brightly colored advertisements for everyone to see. The Trams and Subways that criss cross the city, their punctuality and cleanliness only second to none, and cars of every kind, from locally made Toyotas and Mitsubishis, to the more exotic Holdens and the occasional Renault and Rolls Royce, carrying French and British dignitaries out of their embassies after a hard day's work, packing the streets with activity.

    And yet, as the senior Opposition leader Tetsu Katayama sees all this, high up from his penthouse in Ebisu, he couldn't help but feel a certain sense of anxiety creep up over him. The report he has just released are still making the rounds of the most famous Japanese newspapers, and he could see various people that don't look Japanese, from the dark skinned Pacific Islanders, European refugees, and people who don't fit in between like Insulindians, Indians, Native Taiwanese, and Ainu, not to mention the Koreans and Chinese that he saw regularly. This city is no stranger to rapid and oftentimes unexpected changes, but this feels different. He has seen the reports of harassment and racism stemming from the Tokyo Metropolitan police, and if Taiwan was any indication, things will blow up in some form of racial confrontation one way or another.

    Racial tension wasn't the only thing in his mind though, he also couldn't help but notice about the rising stars in the Shakai Taishuto, he had heard of a man named Junichiro Koizumi, fresh out of high school, currently attending Tokyo U and already making rounds as he joined the Party's club there and started performing well in their usual debates. A fiery soul for sure, fired up for the decency of the working man and woman. Perhaps he would talk to that man himself should he have time. Another rising candidate, and a woman at that. Michi Nishiura, literally went from being some farmer in the rice fields near Osaka to a promising member of his party. With her well formulated speeches and public appearances wooing crowds that couldn't think that they would vote for a woman in their lives. A great woman and a great man as the vanguard of his party, and with Abe Isoo's retirement coming soon. He himself would most likely be named as Chairman of the leading Socialist party in the country.

    He couldn't help but laugh himself at that thought. Throughout his career he admired both the Union of Britain and Commune of France for what they did, yet didn't find himself all too comfortable with their more radical positions of unionizing every workplace and forcing their representation. Essentially minor details, and when he reigned as PM he was sure that Japan could reach out to both countries and work together in peace and prosperity. And yet, their rhetoric of Japan being a reactionary and imperialist power soured relations, and here he is, watching his country, who have changed so radically and for the better, fighting the very countries he himself admired and inspired him to run for politics.

    He believed in Japan, he believed that, for all the mistakes this country has made, that Japan could rule with wisdom and dignity, a sentiment PM Yoshida thankfully shares, and has made good at, and yet, the coming racial unrest, the police injustice, the overreach by the Tokko, the lack of representation of Women and Japanese peoples of color from the Southern territories, the poverty of other countries in the CPS, not to mention the possible coup attempt that is being investigated... Well, at least his gravestone would lay out the various accomplishments of his Prime Ministership, just in case everything goes into the crapper.

    And he almost forgot about that Typhoon that devastated Nagoya not that while ago.

    Now, perhaps he should not contemplate about the challenges this country's facing for too long, his wife is making some good Oden, and he wouldn't miss it for the world.

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    Welcome to the 1960s. A coming era of great change for Japan, and great challenges to. There would be coup attempts, racism, foreign policy decisions that would affect the state of the Co-Prosperity Sphere, and many, many more things that I couldn't even mention in this post. It is a time of hippies, of counterculture, drugs, and perhaps most importantly, how the establishment reacts to these new developments.

    You have 4 action points, and a country that anxiously awaits your decision. I implore that you make wise ones.

    [X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction, finished by 1965.
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    Crises that needed addressing.

    A Small matter of taxes.

    Yes, taxes, perhaps the only thing in this world that is inevitable besides death. And as the recent budget reports rolls in, something that Japan must consider raising. Investing in projects and in foreign countries is good and all, and all the academics and economists assure the government that the dividends would pay in time, but social programs needs to be funded, civil servants need to be paid, and with the recent expansion of the military, a hole has opened up in the budget that, if nothing happens, would result in the Bank of Japan printing out bonds in order to meet our yearly obligations.

    And no one in government wants that.

    Further military expansion.
    Perhaps though, a justification of raising taxes could be framed from that recent conflict, and the assessments our military has made of the conflict. Of particular importance was the assessment from both the Air Force, and the Army. The Army is adamant, their size must be expanded to 1.5 million, an extra 500.000 men is necessary they argued, because the Sudan war has proven that the Japanese logistical trail is not protected enough given the current size of the IJA, that extra 500K would be given to more garrison troops, and more regulars that won't necessarily be the tip of an offensive spear, but would maintain peace and order while the rest kicks ass, while the voices for the airforce is perhaps the loudest, they wanted a 1 Million strong IJAF, citing their woeful performance in the Sudan Conflict, there is literally not enough men, they argued. To field an effective resistance to both the French and British airforces, and although our pilots are amazing, even they can only shoot down so many planes before their planes get shot down themselves.

    It should be noted that there is an increasing number of Diet Members that are sharing their sentiments, from Socialists, Liberals and Conservatives, it also appears that the public is in favour of a general increase in size for the military, with a recent poll showing 60% of the populace wanted a bigger military. So, what shall you do?
     
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  • Jakarta

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    Oops, forgot one very important crisis that I did mention in the timeline, but didn't mention it in the post.

    Typhoon Vera

    Typhoon Vera has hit Japan hard, and practically turned all of Nagoya into a refugee camp from all it's destruction. Besides the typical rescuing and recovering from the damages Typhoon Vera caused, there is also the question as to why Japan didn't do much more to warn it's citizens and ensure their safety from a threat that was very much well anticipated, and they are demanding laws to address these inadequacies at once. Lest the Minseito's chances of winning reelection might be slim to none, even with a war that ended in victory.

    Also, here's a list below. The top 25 economies of 1959.

    Top 25 Economies of 1959, according to the International Prosperity Bank
    1) Commune of France: 556.55 Billion Dollars
    2) Empire of Japan: 543.87 Billion Dollars
    3) Union of Britain: 478.45 Billion Dollars
    4) Socialist Republic of Italy: 465.12 Billion Dollars
    5) Union State of America: 113.25 Billion Dollars
    6) Prussian Social Republic: 95.3 Billion Dollars
    7) Bavarian Commune: 87.89 Billion Dollars
    8) Rhennish Commune: 83 Billion Dollars
    9) Socialist Republic of Russia (West Russia): 81.76 Billion Dollars
    10) Iberian Federation: 76.43 Billion Dollars
    11) Republic of China: 74.33 Billion Dollars
    12) Kingdom of Siam: 72.99 Billion Dollars
    13) Republic of the Philippines: 68.23 Billion Dollars
    14) Socialist Republic of Poland: 66.76 Billion Dollars
    15) Socialist Republic of Canada: 54.23 Billion Dollars
    16) Republic of Burma: 45.29 Billion Dollars
    17) Republic of Russia (East Russia): 42.19 Billion Dollars
    18) Kingdom of India: 37.04 Billion Dollars
    19) Argentinian Free State: 30.22 Billion Dollars
    20) Federation of Malaya: 23.12 Billion Dollars
    21) Commonwealth of Australia: 22.28 Billion Dollars
    22) Kingdom of Persia: 20.77 Billion Dollars
    23) Republic of Syria: 19.15 Billion Dollars
    24) Batavian Commune: 18.78 Billion Dollars
    25) Commune of Sweden: 15.32 Billion Dollars

    The IPB Predicts that Japan will be the No.1 Economy in the world by raw GDP by 1965, the number 2 in the world by Median Income, and the country with the 'most diversified economy in the world' by 1965 as well.

    The IPB argues that, because of Japan having to force itself to ISI (Import Substitution Industrialization) during the late 1920s up until the middle 1950s, primarily due to a lack of an export market with the socialist revolutions in Western Europe, the 2nd American Civil War, and the 2nd Weltkrieg destroying whatever potential markets Japan could export their products toward. Japanese manufacturers have to essentially replace whatever products that come from Mitteleuropa and the United States, and up their product qualities in general to a Japanese public already used to such standards. This trend of industrialization has paid off, and Japan will see the benefits of enduring such a forced transition as the 1960s progresses.

    The IPB Also predicts that Siam, the Philippines, Burma, Malaya, East Russia, and potentially Persia will join the world as a 'High Income Economy' (Essentially a developed nation) by the end of the 1960s. And suggest looking to China, India, Syria, Insulindia, and East Russia as areas for potentially rapid economic growth.
     
    1 last crisis and I'll start writing.
  • Jakarta

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    Sorry for my incompetence, but there's one more action point that needs filling, just fill it out with anything you might want and I'll start writing.

    Also, there's one more 'crisis' that needs addressing, it's technically not a crisis since it happens every 4 years.

    The Election of 1960.

    Normally, this election would be a blowout for the Minseito, and it looks to be that way. Shigeru Yoshida is leading in the polls in the previous year's pre-election polling, and with the consistent unpopularity of the Rikken Seiyukai, and the Shakai Taishuto lacking any potentially willing leaders to took up the gauntlet and fight against Yoshida, everything seems good.

    But then, one woman changed the entire landscape, a woman named Michi Nishiura.

    Born to poor parents, Michi Nishiura was very much moved by the rhetoric of then Prime Minister Abe Isoo, and then was formally registered herself as a member of the Shakai Taishuto during the late 1940s, at the height of Tetsu Katayama's leadership. She worked tirelessly in the Osaka area as a party member, giving away pamphlets, showing up at political rallies and generally firing up the people in the Kansai region to vote Socialist. And then, 1956 happened, and somehow Michi Nishiura became one of the very few female MP's elected into the Diet after the Constitutional Convention of 1951.

    In the Diet, her records are pretty standard, mostly voting among party lines except for matters concerning Military Expansion only. But what distinguishes her from her fellow colleagues was the intensity of her speeches, frequently airing in National TV, most notably NHK. Her national popularity among an increasingly liberalized Japanese populace skyrocketed.

    And the Party Nominating her as their candidate for the 1960 election stunned the Political Establishment, in some ways, it is to be expected, there are no other notable candidates among the Shakai Taishuto's ranks. Abe Isoo is retiring, Junichiro Koizumi is too young, and Tetsu Katayama has shown no interest in running again. Nonetheless, Michi Nishiura's nomination will pave the way into a rather interesting matchup.

    One side represents youth, energy, and vibrancy, while the other side represents experience and maturity. Nishiura against Yoshida. An election to be remembered.

    So who would you vote for? Michi Nishiura has catched up to the polls if the recent data is to be believed, and we are looking at an unexpectedly tight election cycle for 1960.
     
    1960 Results, Turn 12
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    [X] VAT passes, but just barely (You rolled a 12)

    Predictably, the introduction of the VAT proved to be a controversial, with multiple economists, public figures, and even politicians opposing the act. There was a huge fight in Parliament with many opposition party members, most notably members of the Shakai Taishuto opposing the act. Instead proposing an increase of taxes for Zaibatsus and Rich Japanese that would fill the gap. These proposals were shot down however, and, in a party line vote. Minseito and Seiyukai Diet members passed the VAT act.

    This WILL have consequences in the 1960 election. And beyond.

    [X] The expansion of the Army and Air Force goes on without a hitch, with the Navy expected to get an increase for the next fiscal year (You rolled a 19)

    Except for the requirements of National Service, which were fought incredibly hard by the Shakai Taishuto, the Army and the Air Force were given the budgets needed to expand their services respectively. Already recruitment centers for both services are seeing increased rates of men entering, and the Army and Air Force have activated projects long plagued by budgetary issues, such as the Army's Heavy Self Propelled Artillery system, and the Air Force's dedicated Heavy Fighter/ Interceptor Jet Aircraft.

    [X] Shigeru Yoshida won the election, but signs are pointing to a Minseito defeat in 1964.

    It does come as a surprise though, that the Rikken Minseito won the election of 1960, but just barely. The Minseito gained 51% of the seats, with the Taishuto making significant gains in both Urban and Rural areas. Capitalizing on the VAT, the Hurricane, and implied requirements of National Service, although Michi Nishiura's campaign ultimately lost, her status as someone that can fight Minseito policies at the Campaign rally pretty much solidified her position as a frontrunner in the 1964 elections.

    [X] Shinkansen Construction still continuing it's slow progress (You rolled a 6)

    Japanese engineers have figured out that Pre-stressed concrete would be the best way to make the railway ties instead of the usual wood. And welding together whole sections of the railway is also necessary to prevent any potential failure zones in case an accident happened, not to mention the earthquake warning systems and testing all of this simultaneously.

    The train is also still being slowly designed, construction hasn't even begun. Proving just how much of a technical challenge this project is proving itself to be.

    [X] The Coastal Hurricane Warning system runs into immediate problems (You rolled a 2)

    From building code revisions, to building the monitoring systems and even partnerships with TV stations, multiple problems, mostly caused by the Minseito's razor thin Parliamentary majority abound. The Taishuto, especially the Taishuto members from Nagoya, are demanding extensive design overhauls of future Japanese buildings, and a construction of a warning system that would be nothing short of State of the Art. A proposal that runs into significant problems because Minseito members are not that keen to spend as much money as what the Socialists are wanting. While an eventual compromise will be made. The efforts to build a modern hurricane and natural disaster warning system is running into problems for now.

    [X] Reconstruction of Nagoya runs into another problem (You rolled a 3)

    Apparently the influence of Zaibatsu's within the Prefectural Government of Nagoya is much more significant than anticipated, and the funds that are being diverted into the local government is mostly sucked up into rebuilding corporate property and assets, with the populace effectively getting the scraps left off of the table. This corruption problem was just unearthed with the disaster, so it is unknown how long this network of favours, graft, and corruption has been festering.

    [X] The Cleaner Japan project goes off without a hitch however (You rolled a 19)

    It is perhaps Karma that despite the numerous problems running into recent government efforts, that this particular program is running smoothly, industries that have been leaking chemicals into Japanese seas, rivers, and other water sources are being forced to redirect their waste elsewhere, fined to bankruptcy, or straight up 'politely' asked by government officials to upgrade their wastage systems in case both efforts failed to achieve the desired result. Not even major Zaibatsu's are spared, with the biggest case of 1960 involving Sumitomo and Mitsui chemical plants in Taiwan, spewing toxic byproducts into the local rivers throughout the Island. They are fined millions as a result of the investigation.
     
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    You were awoken by the sudden ringing of the telephone. Not the most pleasant sensation in the world, but if the phone's ringing, then it must mean something urgent is coming up. You hope that it is some party official worrying about some policy proposal, and with that in mind, you pick up the phone.

    "Hello?"

    "Yes, hello Mr Prime Minister, there is no time to explain, but you must go towards the Tokyo Imperial Palace, this is an urgent matter that needs your attention, a National Security One."

    You recognize that voice immediately, it is the voice of one of the agents you recruited for that certain job, a job that you hoped turned out nothing. But since he is calling, and from the Imperial Palace by the looks of it. You decided to hang up early and left your bedroom. The situation's urgent enough to mandate not changing your clothes.

    Your security detail was surprised by your sudden appearance, but when you ordered that you need to reach the Imperial Palace immediately, they decided to trust you and prepped your vehicle for immediate departure.

    The convoy left the Kantei just 2 minutes after your order, and reached the Imperial Palace soon after. You walked straight towards the 'agreed upon' meeting point should the worst happen, predictably meeting the Emperor and the various PSIA agents you've recruited throughout the years.

    "Prime Minister, we don't have time. We have just received intelligence, highly verifiable intelligence, that the coup planners are going to execute their plans this morning. The Emperor has agreed that he would make a general address after we have successfully contained the coup. But we need your orders on how to proceed."

    "We have confidence that the planners are going to be targeting Camp Asaka, the Parliament, Special Forces Command, and the Imperial Palace. We have contacted, with the Emperor as assurance, both Special Forces Command and the PSIA, and they have pledged their loyalty towards the throne and the government, the PSIA is sending it's agents in search for the Coup Planners' Headquarters, with our given intelligence of course, and Special Forces Command are deploying their troops to secure the Parliament and the Imperial Palace."

    "Good." You said, "good on you to inform me on this development."

    "But there is a snag, we have tried contacting General Hitoshi Imamura, the commander of Camp Asaka and the Japanese Homeland Army, but he is incommunicado, we don't know if he is with the putschers or not, since while he has been mentioned by the coup planners before, he has never meet with them nor made any statements even remotely in favour of their ideals. We could contact the IJN and IJAF, but the Emperor advised me that you should do the contacting instead. Said that the voice of the Prime Minister would bring in more assurance than some PSIA special agent."

    "Yoshida San." The Emperor interjected. "Please forgive him, he is rightfully afraid of the incoming coup, and he may come off a little bit off the cuff, but he is right. In times such as these, gaining the loyalty of the Japanese Navy and Air Force might be the best move we can make, if general Imamura should prove to be disloyal, then I will make a speech specifically impugning the Army for having such un-Japanese tendencies. But the time to act is now Mr Yoshida."

    What should you do now? Japan cannot afford to lose the initiative, everyone here knows the consequences of freezing up is disastrous.

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    You directed the team to contact Rikusentai and Tokyo Metropolitan Police HQ first, these people will most likely be the first in line should an incoming coup happen.

    The subsequent conversation proved to be very tense, as you are yourself not sure whether or not both branches have been infiltrated by the Putschers, but, with the General of the Rikusentai vowing to pledge 'Eternal Loyalty to the Emperor and his Subjects', and with the Tokyo Metro Police Chief ordering every active duty policeman to get back and prep for a 'Possible Terrorist Attack', you are confident enough to let your next phase of the plan to come into motion. Obviously you let them in that Special Forces loyal to the Emperor have secured important governmental buildings, and further orders should be taken only from the Prime Minister or the Emperor himself, whichever comes first.

    Then, the second part comes in. Your speechwriter's not here, as he's probably sleeping, so you decided to contact all radio stations in the Tokyo Area, and NHK just in case. You can tell from their voices that the receivers of your phone calls are as bleary eyed as you, but as soon as you've told them about the incoming broadcast. They all wised up and agreed to broadcast your incoming speech.

    Then came the writing, you're not sure what to pen, and although the advice from the PSIA agents were handy, they're not exactly what you'd call professional speech writers. Still, eventually, you did manage to write something that is passable, barely.

    The agreement that you've made with the radio and TV stations stated that they would broadcast the speech directly from the Imperial Palace, and that is what happened. scores of news vans appeared on palace grounds, the Imperial Guard escorting them towards the press conference room hastily set up. As dawn rises, you yourself stepped out from the backstage. Cameras flashing, and multiple press corps people awaiting your statement. You finally started your speech.

    "Hello everyone. I'm sorry for the sudden notice, but I felt that, with credible intelligence given to me from the loyal Japanese Intelligence Community. That I need to make a statement."

    And so your speech commences, the rolling revelations about what you know shocked and stunned the press corps, and when you are finished with the call to action. A throng of Journalists raise their hands and heckled each other, trying to get your comments on the developing situation.

    Your one statement is as follows. "Have faith in Japan, have faith in Democracy, and have faith in the Emperor. That is all."

    You walked back to your quarters, temporarily loaned to you from the Emperor due to the current situation. As minutes goes by, you've heard reports that massive crowds of people are gathering in nearby Imperial Japanese Military bases around the Tokyo Area, salarymen taking their day off to protest, housewives and college students taking a break from the usual routines, joining into a massive group of people crowding the bases of Camp Nerima and Camp Asaka. The closest Army bases in the Tokyo Area.

    What should you do now?

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    The arrest papers went in and out as fast as possible. The Ministers of the Army and Navy quickly arriving into the scene and signed the paperwork alongside you and the Emperor. Copies of the orders were quickly printed out and quickly read out in a national radio broadcast. An idea from the Minister of the Navy.

    All seems to be going well, but, then you've heard news from Camp Nerima. Some very bad news.

    "Report! Unknown gunmen are shooting at Civilians! Request orders to engage the enemy and bring the civilians into the base!"

    The base commander took swift action and said yes. Already some 20+ civilians have died from the sudden attack from the mysterious gunmen, each of them wearing civilian clothes themselves. The soldiers took to their weapons and a raging firefight ensued. One that is, unfortunately, favouring the Gunmen's side. Their tactics, way of movement, all indicating that they are combat veterans.

    (A picture of what is happening, the men wearing helmets are the unidentified gunmen, while some were using melee weapons such as Sticks and Samurai Swords, what is not pictured are the gunmen using rifles and pistols, protesters are fleeing into military base grounds)

    Timing is key on this one, the fastest option is to order the soldiers at Camp Asaka to intervene, they have the heaviest weapons, and a recently built highway practically connects Camp Asaka and Nerima together. There is a risk of disloyalty, but should it be proved false, it would bring a quick end to the attempted takeover of the base.

    A second, albeit longer option, is to order the Rikusentai and Special Forces to suit up, get into helicopters, and drop near Camp Nerima, this will take longer, and can lead to potentially larger Civilian casualties, but the Rikusentai and Special Forces are solidly loyal, they are lightly armed, but they are some of the best trained troops the Empire's got.

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    You are lucky. The coup attempt seems to have stopped entirely once the last of the combatants have been dispatched by the incoming reinforcements from the Rikusentai and Special Forces.

    It didn't prevent the losses incurred by the civilians though, by the time the Helicopters were on top of the attackers, unleashing their machine gun fires and rappelling down the Special Forces and Marines. Roughly 76+ Civilians lay dead at the doorstep and within Camp Nerima. A dark day for Japanese Democracy indeed.

    Still, the combatants were dispatched, to the man. Any aggressor who were shocked and retreated were shot down by Rikusentai and Special Forces snipers. And so far, no one has successfully escaped.

    Searching through the bodies though. It is quickly revealed that the assailants have armbands that say this.


    Kempeitai.

    It is clear who the assailants are, and who the most likely perpetrators were. Former Kempeitai officers who were dissatisfied by Japan's increasing liberal turn, and the perpetrators most likely include former Kempeitai high command and some suspected reactionaries within various levels of the Japanese government.

    Just as everything has become clear. A sudden phone call interrupted your thoughts. You picked up the phone, and there was a ragged voice behind the call.

    "Who is this?"

    "It's me. General Hitoshi Imamura, I've managed to escape but I don't think they will lose my scent for any longer, Prime Minister, if you are in Tokyo, escape, a significant reactionary force is planning a takeover. I will be somewhere in Sendai if you wish to find me, but I don't think I have much time left. The coup planners kidnapped me and attempted to force me to sign fraudulent orders to the rest of the IJA. Thankfully I never signed it, but in case such fraudulent orders were given out, tell them that I did not order Imperial Japanese Troops to remove the Prime Minister and secure the Imperial Palace."

    He then pledged eternal allegiance to you, and gave you the names of the various persons involved in the coup. He stressed that this is not all of them, but it is everything he can give to you as of this moment.

    When you tell him that the Kempeitai force were dispatched. He felt relieved, but still stressed that you must get out of Tokyo and board an Aircraft Carrier, operations against reactionaries can be carried while you and the Emperor were in a safe location.

    This is probably the last time you can issue orders. So do be quick, members of Parliament are already hearing of the events and will demand some form of explanation regarding what's happened, also issuing investigations left and right. What is your last action?

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    The next couple months would prove that Japanese Democracy is significantly stronger than realized. Your strong leadership and coordination has proven it's worth. As remaining Coup Leaders that didn't escape or committed Seppuku were rounded up and charged with sedition and potentially treason to the state.

    PSIA agents alongside local police forces went on full ham against the remaining members of the Kempeitai. The ones that did cooperate were given comparatively light sentences by the courts, the ones found not guilty would be monitored for years on end, and the ones that resisted? Well, either forcefully taken into custody or died on the ensuing firefight. A fair bit of former Kempeitai officers committed Seppuku once they know the jig is up.

    Of the coup leaders, Nobusuke Kishi proved to be the most cantankerous. During the live hearing of the court proceedings. He publicly declared that Japan has fallen to 'The Gays, the Uncivilized people of the Tropical Islands, the Monkey-like Chinese, and all remaining Effeminate forces seeking the country's destruction.' He then would proceed on a racist tirade comparing the intelligence of Koreans, Chinese, Insulindians, Filipinos, and Thais to that of children. It is no surprise that the judge handed him the death sentence, his non cooperative nature and leadership in the coup attempt was more than enough to land him in the wall of a firing squad.

    Predictably, there was a small recession in Japan during Q1 1961. The coup attempt is a sufficiently strong force that some amount of money fled the country. But analysts are predicting that Q2 1961 will prove much more fruitful. The return of royal family and the Prime Minister's cabinet from the joint Yamato-Izumi battlegroup was met with roaring crowds of every single Japanese person you can think of. From CEO's to the common working man working at Nagoya's steel mills. It seems your actions is also popular among the common Japanese man.


    (A helicopter from the IJN Carrier Izumi picking up the PM and Imperial Family from the Yamato. They would land to cheering crowds praising both the PM and Emperor)

    Of course, there are some coup members hiding somewhere, and the PSIA is busy tracking them down. But effectively, you can resume normal government duties as soon as possible.

    Congratulations. You've done really well defeating the coup, your rapid and well thought out actions have proven that Japan would remain a Democracy for the forseeable future. Reputation wise, Japan's status as 'The Light of Asia' is preserved in possibly the best way possible. As would be autocrats from all over Asia look at how such a well planned coup can collapse in such a rapid fashion. While the Syndietern could only look with amazement, for a country with such an Imperialistic History to fully embrace Democracy in the most explosive way possible, quite unprecedented for them I would imagine.
     
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    1961 turned out to be a much more contentious year than anticipated. Primarily due to the coup attempt but moreso due to the ramifications of such an attempt. Nations around the world are shocked that the 2nd largest economy in the world almost fell into a Military Dictatorship, and while member states of the CPS felt relieved that Democracy in Japan is now stronger than ever, there is a sense of unease, especially from countries like Korea and China, about Japan's right wing tendencies flaring up again in the future. Perhaps addressing their concerns should be our priority until the next election cycle at least.

    With that in mind, there are some crises that you need to attend to first. Some involve housecleaning, some not that, but all of them important.

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    Crises that need to be addressed.

    Hunt down the traitorous dogs.

    While the threat of a coup is over. The right wing sentiments among those in the former Kempeitai and potentially other Right Wing members within various branches of the military is very visible. The IJA, IJN, and IJAF has assured the government that they will do everything in their power to root out potential traitors to the Japanese State while ensuring military effectiveness, but the Diet wants more. They want the PSIA to do a systematic review of all three branches of the Japanese military, as well as all Police Branches and find out if there are still some infiltration within the Japanese military's ranks. The military has shown their loyalty during the coup attempt, with the soldiers of Camp Nerima potentially getting awards, but the Diet fears that the Kempeitai's influence is still present. Nobody wants a purge, but everyone wants to root out traitors within their ranks.

    What no one is fighting against is the revocation of travel privileges to any and all former members of the Kempeitai that are still not found as well as potentially other leaders of the attempted coup. What should you do?
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    The letter of intent.
    Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Côte d'ivoire and the Gold Coast. What an unusual mix of countries that want to join the CPS. While every member of the diet is more than happy to let them become formal members, the pressing issue with admitting these countries is not necessarily with them, but with their neighbors. Admitting all these countries can potentially harm relations with both the American Union State and Syndietern countries, since all of these countries are close to the borders of both the Syndicalist Internationale, and, in the case of Cuba, a stepping stone away from Florida, currently America's premier site for Space Exploration.

    We must tread carefully, none of these states will go to war over the Gold Coast or Cuba. But there are potentially uncalculated ramifications should we admit them formally. As a final note, all these countries also agreed that admittance to the CPS must be 'all or nothing', so we admit all of them, or we don't admit them at all.
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    Police Brutality Emergency.
    The publishing of Tetsu Katayama's report concerning Taiwan, the accident with that Tokyo U Ainu Student, and Kenzaburo Oe's novel depicting the life of a Taiwanese Native has sparked more interest among the Japanese population, particularly in addressing the recent rashes of Police Brutality throughout Japan. With the defeat of the coup plotters, now the Japanese public are slowly realizing the extent of Japan's Imperialistic tendencies, especially historically, towards people that are deemed 'not Japanese' to the wider public. There are debates throughout all major cities in Japan, NHK programs featuring notable community leaders of the Burakumin, Ainu, Native Taiwanese, and even in one rare occassion, an anonymized gay person, and a small, but rising sentiment among the public, especially from young Japanese people, that they should be genuinely included in the Japanese State.

    And addressing Police Brutality is a chief target right now. A bill from Michi Nishiura is planned to go into committee and will most likely sail through due to the Dietary Committee's majority Socialist members, it plans on abolishing the Tokko altogether, with her criticizing their practices as 'reminiscent of the much hated Kempeitai', creating quotas for Police Forces in cities with more than 1 million people to hire Police Officers that are not 'Native Japanese', introducing mandatory Cultural Understanding classes for all Policemen and Women, and enforcing strict standards concerning rules of engagement, particularly when dealing with unarmed people that has 'no visible intention to harm a police officer'. Supporting the bill isn't necessarily radical, but the more conservative members of your party hated the bill with all it's guts, what should you do?
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    Creation of the OSI and Ministerial Guard.
    This bill comes from our own party member, a veteran politician from Osaka. With the advent of the attempted coup, a bill to create a separate intelligence agency, a sort of 'Special Investigative Branch dedicated to the defense of threats within the Japanese homeland' was proposed, the OSI, or the Office of Special Investigations, is meant to create a branch of Policing with jurisdiction all across Japan. Unlike the Tokko though, the OSI will not prosecute people accused of 'Thought Crimes' (yes that's a real thing), or create any branch with the intent to 'discriminate people of non-Japanese descent' (which means the death of any Korean department in the OSI before it was formed), with even stricter rules of engagement, only prosecuting cases of treason, high crimes, and crimes that would normally involve multiple police agencies cooperating with each other. Intense discussions between him and Michi Nishiura has yielded a bill that the notable Socialist Politician supports.

    The Ministerial Guard on the other hand, will create a separate agency reminiscent of the Imperial Guard, but dedicated to the protection of the Prime Minister, Diet Members, and all Ministers that operate on a National Level. Think of it as a sort of Special Force that will protect any notable politician/ minister should he/she be in immediate danger, a natural reaction given what happened this year. Support for this bill is high among both the Socialists and Liberals, but it is ultimately up to you if you want to support it.
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    Naval Expansion.
    Last year, both the Army and the Air Force got their budget increases, and for this year, the Navy is demanding the same treatment. Call it inopportune timing, but the coup attempt has made the calls for Naval Expansion a bit tone deaf to say the least. The navy stressed that a 15 carrier force (using the smaller Izumi class carriers mind you) alongside 70 Cruisers, 100 Destroyers, 3 Battleships, and 70 Submarines. They also stress that Japan's Naval Air Patrol capabilities are falling behind compared to peer powers in both Europe and America, and that investing on our bases across our Pacific Islands and tendering a modern Naval Patrol Aircraft program is a must.

    Advancements such as the Anti Submarine Depth Charge rockets, Guided Missiles, and modern Radar and Sonar Systems have made our navies more powerful, but the permanent size reduction of our navy since 1949 has left the IJN a bit too small for Naval Command's liking, for one thing, they will put greater emphasis on loyalty to Japanese Democracy in their training, not sure how that will convince the politicians though.
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    [X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction
    [X] Occupied by Rebuilding Nagoya
    [X] Occupied by the Construction of the Coastal Early Warning System
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    [X] The Military Security Review was a smashing hit (you rolled an 18)

    It seems that the culture change in the Imperial Japanese Military is more extensive than we thought. An extensive review of Officers, high level servicemen, before following down to the privates and corporals. And it seems like the military is by and large clean of such undemocratic influences. Most service members, especially the ones in Camp Asaka and Kisarazu, were a bit surprised that the PM and Emperor didn't trust them enough to lead the counterattack once the Putschers started mowing down civilians, a bit offended, but ultimately understanding considering the information aspect during those times.

    There are edge cases of course, several low level servicemembers confessed that they liked the cause, but they are allowed to continue their service as per instructions. Increased monitoring and the complete prevention of career advancements within the Military is not something specified though.

    [X] There are some confusion between the Responsibilities of the Ministerial and Imperial Guards, but the rollout is as good as it can be (you rolled a 6)

    While the OSI was formed as swimmingly as one might expect, the Ministerial Guard has had some predictable clashes between them and the Imperial Guard. While it is agreed that the Ministerial Guard would protect Ministers, MP's, and PM's, the security of the Emperor has long been the Purview of the Imperial Guard, and the ensuing clash of responsibilities meant that the Diet has to create a revision that differentiates the Ministerial and Imperial Guard's responsibilities.

    They would still cooperate with each other should a joint visit with the Emperor and Government Officials are conducted, thankfully enough.

    [X] Naval Expansion goes swimmingly (you rolled a 12)

    The biggest recipient of old Japanese naval vessels was Insulindia and the Philippines. Both countries, the moment they heard of the sale, put up tenders and signed modernization agreements with Japanese shipyards the moment those vessels were put on sale. It makes sense, both countries are archipelagoes, and both countries have a wide area of responsibility that demands a lot of vessels to be fielded.

    But for the modernization itself, the IJN, with the funds appropriated, started drafting plans for a Nuclear Cruiser and Destroyer, with a testbed vessel poised to be launched by mid 1962, just a year from now. It seems that IJN planners have already thought of those designs thoroughly for such a rapid rollout to happen. The designs for the Cruiser and Destroyer are as follows.

    [X] Significant Controversy with the admission of recent Sphere members, but otherwise no immediate problems rose up after their admittance (you rolled a 9)

    The American Union State and the Syndicalist International put out a formal letter of disapproval on the admittance of the Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico into the Co-Prosperity Sphere. With President John F Kennedy airing his grievances on the 'aggression' of the Japanese on live TV. The American public is enraged, with racist caricatures of the Yellow Man and the Black Man cooperating with each other, deviously plotting the overthrow of the White Order of things being openly published by their newspapers.

    Racial Violence were soon followed. With Black Civil Rights leaders voicing their protest that accusations of 'cooperating with the enemy' are bald faced lies, but it seems that, with such admittance. Progress for the Civil Rights movement in America will take longer than OTL.

    In Europe, the situation was not as horrible, but visible concerns were voiced among the public. A much more subdued, but nonetheless hostile reaction to the admittance.

    [X] Breakthrough in Shinkansen Construction (you rolled a 10)

    A breakthrough was in the construction of the Shinkansen line was made. Effectively making progress faster, with a possible 1964 launch date now being discussed. After years of slow but steady progress, it seems that the Japanese Shinkansen system was about to make some real progress. The first line between Tokyo and Osaka was finished, and initial tests seemed very promising. With crowds forming at whatever mountainside viewing platforms are available to see a train go inhumanely fast.

    It seems that the initial visions of the founders are starting bear fruit.

    [X] Reconstruction of Nagoya finally reaches some significant progress (you rolled a 6)

    Just like the Shinkansen, the reconstruction of Nagoya is finally set to finish by the end of the year. With the city expecting to make a roaring return by next year. The problems of graft and collusion is finally being addressed by the newly formed OSI, and money is being funneled into rebuilding homes and infrastructure rather than for corporate welfare.

    [X] Initial tests of Coastal Early Warning System a dismal failure (you rolled a 1)

    As with the best of times, you also have the worst of times. Shoddy construction, bad workplace management, and general inexperience has made initial tests of the Coastal Early Warning System a massive failure. Something must be done because the ramifications of such a failure can have really bad impacts for Japan as the decades roll by.

    [X] The rights and responsibilities PR program received warmly (you rolled a 9)

    As with many things that was massively changed after the coup. This program was also considered a massive change for the average Japanese citizen. Most people genuinely don't know their rights, and this is even more of the case for people living in our Pacific territories. A massive PR campaign on TV, Newspapers, and even handing over copies of the Japanese Constitution at Governmental Offices was met with praise from all manner of individuals throughout Japan. From the Melanesian man in Port Moresby now gaining a simple understanding of modern property rights, to a Japanese mother now filing a complaint to the local police office regarding spousal abuse. Japanese society is becoming more liberalized with each passing day.

    [X] Problems identified throughout CPS member states in terms of Infrastructure (you rolled a 16)

    The review of CPS wide infrastructure was conducted, and by the end of the year the results were in, and the were mixed.

    First of all. The writers of the paper noted that there is a 'Proximity Effect' for countries in the CPS when infrastructure is concerned, countries that are close to Japan, such as Siam, the Philippines, parts of Korea, parts of China, and Eastern Russia, generally have infrastructure roughly similar to what you can find in Japan. But the more outward you expand, like towards India, the middle east, parts of East Russia west of the Urals, and especially East Africa. The general infrastructure becomes more patchy and less to the desired standard. Roads were either dirt or filled with potholes, trains were few and far in between, the ones that do exist are generally slow and unreliable, ports were... haphazard to say the least (although the standardization for containers were something that has taken into effect), and the less said about Airports the better.

    The writers of the paper noted that while Japan can pour more money, the country cannot do it alone. Japan must enlist the help of the Philippines, Siam, Australia and New Zealand and put together a joint action plan for infrastructure if things were to be improved in any significant way.

    @christopher_sni. I'm sorry that I forgot, but you didn't write your solution for the Police Brutality Emergency, can you write what's your proposed solution please?
     
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    It has been exactly one year since the failed 1961 coup, and it feels like the attempt to overthrow the Democratic Japanese Establishment and how close they got didn't really mattered to the Japanese. The streets are lined with economic activity, people working, people having fun, and people from all over the world visiting for business trips or just simple leisure.

    But your job isn't just to observe them. Your job is to lead this country, and there are several things in your itinerary that needs to be done.

    Crises that need to be addressed.

    The Space Race.

    Nobody would think it is possible, but America, out of all the major competitors, actually managed to put the first man into Space. The Syndicalist West is up in arms in this, with both France the Britain pledging to boost the funding for their space program many fold, Simone de Beauvoir promises that an 'Age of Socialist Space Exploration' is upon them, and it looks like they're putting the money where their mouths is. With rumors on a new Space Port in Kourou, West Indies Federation being floated about.

    And obviously we can't just stand here. So what must we do?
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    Africa in Chaos
    The relative peace the Dark Continent enjoyed in the late 1940s to the 1950s was shattered by the reconquest of Kenya and the South African crisis. The reconquest/reunification of Kenya is almost a solo campaign led by Stanley Mathenge, a famous General and current dictator of Kikuyuland, making his tenure fighting Askaris and German Scutztruppens during the collapse of Mittelafrika. He has made a name of himself by creating a relatively workable nationstate, and now he dreams of something bigger, the creation of the Kenyan State. A independent and strong state in East Africa that can become 'The Continent's Second Awakening,' or so he claims.

    Another problem lies much further south. In South Africa to be exact, the situation in South Africa has become untenable, with the death of Prime Minister Verwoerd. The Townships, ghettos where the remaining blacks were forced to move into, has became a place of mass disorderly conduct and political agitation, most likely supported by Syndietern Agents wanting to get another state to join their fold. While in the borders, border conflicts started by who-knows what are bringing the ire of the African Syndietern countries of Mozambique and Angola. It's perhaps only a matter of time until everything collapses and the Southern Continent were engulfed in conflict yet again.

    The populace will go into revolt should we support the White Minority government in Africa, that is one thing for certain. This is one thing that we can delay with media manipulation, but practically all major governmental figures are against this idea.
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    The Note Crisis
    This is a big one, and one that definitely cannot be ignored. Our CPS European member, Finland, apparently received a 'Note' from the Syndietern that the 'security of the region' might be in jeopardy for reasons that are not discussed (It's pretty much implied that their membership status in the CPS is the main reason). And their proposals of yearly quadrilateral meetings and potentially building bases in Finland has put the state in high military readiness.

    Their leader, Urho Kekkonen, has flown to Tokyo and asked for Japan's support in this time of trial for Finland, and we cannot support them with only empty platitudes, what must we do?
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    Action Points
    [X] Occupied by Shinkansen Construction
    [X] Occupied with the rebuilding of Nagoya (finishes this year)
    [X] Occupied with the Construction of the Coastal Early Warning System
    [X] Occupied with the CPS Infrastructure Review
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    I'm also bringing back the suggestion box. Got some fresh new ideas that you might like!
    Formation of JICA
    JICA, or the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is an idea proposed by Foreign Minister Kijuro Shidehara. It would involve turning responsibility for all our current foreign investment program under One Government Agency, the formation of JICA will pretty much ensure that we can further fine tune our foreign investment/ aid money since supervision of these projects, whether it's grant money for Hyundai Rotem, continued Mantetsu funding, and even Railway modernization in Insulindia would be all under one roof.

    The main problem? Well, it's super tricky. Since JICA's formation would be a direct attack on MITI, The Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Finance, ALL of them incredibly powerful government agencies with Civil Servants that has high influence in Japanese Politics. MITI alone is a giant to conquer, MITI, FM and MoF altogether? Well, Kijuro Shidehara can handle the Foreign Ministry, but MoF and MITI fighting against your agenda will be...

    Just don't underestimate Civil Servants.

    Forming the MoD
    Perhaps a less controversial suggestion. But the chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force have all suggested that all their operations must be united under one roof. Oh, and of course, a centralized headquarters located just right next to CPS military command and Special Forces Command. A common sense suggestion for all intents and purposes. The one potential hiccup to their suggestion is that, considering just how recent the military coup was, formalizing the different branches under one roof might seen as a bit tone deaf. But other than that, this is a suggestion that doesn't have a lot of opponents from anywhere in the Japanese political sphere.

    Reevaluate the Iron Triangle
    A political concept popularized by the German Elite during the era of the Kaiserreich. It generally states that Big Business Conglomerates, the Bureaucracy, and the Government all have an overriding interest in reinforcing their power structures at the expense of everyone not inside of it. The practice of this concept was refined to a T during the glory days of the Kaiserreich, but was shattered when French tanks broke through the Siegfried line and outflanked the Germans in Alsace-Lorraine.

    And we don't wanna end up like the Germans now do we?

    This will be a gigantic effort, and will take years, if not decades, you're not even sure if you wanna go forward with this. But should you want it, passing a series of labour reforms, strengthening workers rights, create antitrust legislation (will be a first in Japan), and make Japan more Democratic is a surefire way to prevent the self reinforcing power structures in the Triangle from going too far.

    The Pacific Islands University Act
    Tetsu Katayama might be no longer PM, but that doesn't mean that he is not an influential diet member. And this recent act is an example of his influence. Currently, all major universities in Japan are located in the Japanese homeland (with the 1 exception located in Taiwan), this new act will grant funding for the construction of new Universities, most notably in Honiara, Port Moresby, Kaohsiung, Rabaul, Suva, and Pape'ete.

    Support within the Socialist Party is high for this bill. And the Japanese public is overall supportive. There is no good reason to block this bill unless something more pressing has come up.

    Electrify all of Japan's Railways
    Ever since the Tokaido line was electrified. Electrification of Japan's Railways has gone on a slow but steady path. With current estimates saying that Japan would have 50% of it's entire railway lines electrified. This is good, but not enough, a 100% electrification program is on the books and gaining support with everyone. A 100% electrification plan would also make construction of future Shinkansen lines significantly easier, reducing initial expenses as well.

    Faster and more frequent train service is generally good for everyone, and opposition is nonexistent. A freebie politically speaking.

    I think @Rufus Shinra might agree with this phrase in particular.
    Just don't underestimate Civil Servants.
    Especially the Japanese kind.
     
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    The Expansion of Tanegashima and the Boosting of the Space Program goes well (You rolled a 14)

    The announcement of the expansion of Tanegashima and the boosting of the Space Program proved to be a an ultimately smart move. Bigger rockets are now expected to be experimented on and sent on missions, and there are talks within the Space Program staff about doing a mission to the moon. A ridiculous proposition surely. But nonetheless actively being talked about the moment extra funding was appropriated. It remains to be seen if a spaceship has enough energy to sustain travel from the Earth to the moon.

    South African government cold, but ultimately accepting of the Japanese offer (You rolled a 15)

    The Americans have no concern about them, the Socialist West actively despises them, and the Japanese are actively trying to undermine their racial goals. This is clearly not a good day to be a White South African Politician who despises blacks, but while the Americans don't care, and the Europeans are solely focused on the riding crop, the Japanese are offering carrots along with the stick. They are actively blocking our efforts to create a power sharing agreement initially, but they have recently warmed up to us. Most likely as a result of their border conflicts and the Political Agitation in the townships.

    In Kenya, the efforts to funnel in weapons for the Kikuyuland soldiers didn't went by unnoticed. Both Buganda and Tanganyika are actively denouncing our attempts to supply them with weapons, while the Syndetern countries are promoting us as warmongers and tin-pot dictator supporters. This has somewhat of an effect on public support for our efforts in Kikuyuland, and the only thing stopping the public from slowly but surely turning against us is our promises that Human Rights Violations are going to be monitored and punished.

    The first ships embark on their long journey to Murmansk from Yokohama (You rolled a 12)

    The Arctic Convoy, as is popularly called. Departed from Yokohama with East Russian icebreakers acting as their guides. The journey towards the frigid north of Siberia and Northern Russia was hard and arduous, and there 5 incidents where Japanese cargo ships actually ran aground on the ice and forcing the icebreakers from the back of the convoy to divert the path and send crews to break ice and unblock the ship. This is an arduous journey, and some Japanese crewmen actually died due to a combination of extreme cold and the hostile environment. But casualties are being kept at a minimum for the moment, and the first ships started unloading in Murmansk before making the journey back home during the summer months.

    For the airlift, the lack of jet propelled aircraft and the problems it carries is becoming a real issue. While the old Japanese Cargo Planes are reliable, they don't necessarily have the cargo capacity to hold the cargo needed to bring weapons en masse, and so a sort of air convoy accompanying the sea convoy can be visibly seen. Finland's International Airport is seeing a twofold increase in Air Traffic, and quite a few incidents involving the Nakajima Transport Planes occurred, nonetheless, the Finns are getting their weapons. From tanks, to Aircraft, to munitions and artillery pieces into their arsenal.

    The Syndietern has been unusually silent on the issue. Only denouncing of our efforts in Kenya and not much else. While negotiations stalled, the Airlift and Sealift operations would continue as normal.

    Shinkansen pretty much set to open next year (You rolled an 18)

    After years of trials and tribulations, after multiple innovations in signaling systems, railway layout, and rolling stock design. As well as a blueprint on Eminent Domain acquisition for High Speed Rail. The continuous testing efforts, crew training, maintenance and PR stunts have all been brought fruit. The Shinkansen is set to open in 1963, quite a few years ahead of schedule during a Dietary hearing in the summer months of 1962. Shinji Sogo and Hideo Shima, Sogo being the CEO of the Japanese National Railways and Shima being the project's lead engineer. Jointly announced both to the Dietary committee and the public that commercial service for the Shinkansen will be available to the public at the start of 1963.

    Foreign observers are still skeptical of the whole affair. With the most notable faction originating from the Socialist West. Britain, France, the German States, Iberia and Italy are constructing massive highways that criss-cross major cities in Europe. Promoting the Car as the 'Vehicle for the Future' to the public. And the ones paying attention not being a CPS member being the Americans. The American Ambassador to Japan actively frequenting Tokaido Shinkansen viewing areas during it's construction and presumably reporting to Washington DC of our progress. Perhaps the Americans might be planning their own High Speed Rail? We don't know for sure.

    Nagoya formally announces it is successfully rebuilt itself (You rolled a 15)

    More good news have come from Nagoya. The city, once battered by a hurricane and a botched recovery plan has now announced that reconstruction is complete. Roads have been repaved, houses rebuilt and transport systems revitalized. Taking a step further, the Nagoya Municipal Government has publicly announced that it will be reworking the Building Codes of it's city to better suit it for Natural Disasters. This is quite unprecedented, and when the city announced such a move, nobody is sure whether or not such a move is constitutional. We might have to wait for a legal case to be brought to the Supreme Court for this, and possibly create a new city planning law that takes into account such moves. But we'll have to see.

    GIDC off to a roaring start (You rolled an 18)

    Not to be outdone by the Shinkansen. Tokyo's efforts to streamline all it's foreign infrastructure projects into a jointly owned company, owned by the 5 Developed countries in the Sphere has gone relatively smoothly. The announcement of the GIDC has been received warmly and the Company's IPO broke records at the Tokyo Stock Exchange. MoF, MITI and the Foreign Ministry were grumbling, but it seems that their arrogance was curbed somewhat after the GIDC's initial IPO. Soaring public confidence at the corporation and shutting them up.

    Some progress on the Coastal Early Warning System, but not much else (You rolled a 5)

    But obviously, not all was smooth sailing for Japan. Such progress on other front belies an Elephant in the room. An Elephant by the name of the Coastal Early Warning System. Stumbling from the door, this Japanese Government Project is finally gaining some traction, with initial tests for the 1962 Fiscal Year bearing some promises, but clearly such a warning system has a lot to catch up to. Such is the craptastic nature of the CEWS Project Management, and nobody in the government seems interested in actually fixing the issue. With all the progress Japan's been making, the CEWS' problems seems trivial at best. But it remains to be seen if such neglect will result in disaster or not.
     
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    Multiple streamers and confetti flew abound as you sat in your chair. The JNR executives right next to you and their giddiness can be barely contained, after years of efforts and billions of Yen flowing down the drain, it is here, and it looks glorious. The fruits of their labour and the tens of thousands of Japanese engineers, labourers, and workmen, is stands right next to you and journalists from various countries are flickering their camera lights, getting pictures of the event, and the unusual looking train, from all available angles. Nobody is missing this event.


    As your Ministerial Guardsmen flank you as you enter the podium, you have in your breast-pocket a small piece of paper, you have consulted with your speech writer about this, but this is mostly your own work, you stand at the podium, speech in hand, a horde of mics present in your face, and talked.

    [ ] Write a short speech about the event.

    I have to include this as a separate event, the first Shinkansen is pretty important for OTL Japanese, and probably have the same amount of gravitas in this timeline too. You don't have to make your speech overly long, but please take some effort in writing this. It's a pretty important event after all.
     
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    It has been 2 years after the 1961 coup, and it seems like it has already been a distant memory. Japan seems to be moving forward, with industry, wealth, commerce, freedom, and equality it's new commandments for this modern age.

    Also, drugs. Lots of drugs, it just so happens to be your first concern of the day!

    Crises that needed addressing.

    LSD and Marijuana


    It isn't clear where the first LSD pills enters Japan, and Marijuana has been in Japan ever since there are people here. But both these psychoactive substances are gaining rapid popularity with today's youth, who is consuming them in ever greater numbers, either for recreational purposes, or for philosophical purposes. The changes in your perception of reality induced by both drugs is a common reason why the youth are particularly eager in consuming copious amounts of both these drugs.

    And, to say the least. Everyone in Japan is becoming very concerned with the proliferation of drugs throughout the country. Nobody likes the youth taking drugs, but nobody is quite sure how they should tackle the issue. In another timeline, perhaps a simple ban could finish this issue easily, but banning illegal substances for the Japanese public risks carrying massive protests by the very same youth who are taking these drugs and marijuana, which might also bleed out into other issues the youth has problems with.

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    Gen Matsuda's death

    Gen Matsuda was a good soldier. He fought in Insulindia liberating the islanders, he fought in Eastern India, defeating the Syndicalists and playing a part in toppling Subhas Chandra Bose's brutal Totalist government, he also fought in Siberia, braving the cold and fighting for Democracy and Liberty while the Russians chafed under the Savinkovist National Populist Dictatorship.

    And he also had a good life after his time in the Army was over. He worked for Mitsubishi Automobiles. Climbing his way into a managerial level in one of the many, many plants the company has in Nagoya, he was married, had 3 children, all of them going to college by now, and on their merry way into a stable, middle class life themselves.

    Gen Matsuda was found dead in the Minami Alps National Park. In his final words, folded neatly into his breastpocket when he was found by forest rangers. He stated that he suffered constant panic attacks everytime he sleeps. Memories of the brutality of the conflicts he participated were fresh in his mind, even when he was discharged and returned to civilian life, his traumas never fully left him. The ensuing special broadcast by news outlets and NHK promptly sparked a debate on Veteran's affairs, admittance to PTSD is still a pretty taboo topic in Japan's military culture, and the ensuing statement by his wife, pleading to the government to ensure such traumas will be dealt with raised some uncomfortable questions about the status of our war veterans.

    This is a sensitive topic, but practically everyone agreed that something must be done about our treatment of veterans with mental issues.

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    Status of European Refugees

    In 1949 Japan opened it's doors to European Refugees fleeing persecution from a red Europe. We admitted them by the hundreds of thousands each and every year, and nothing substantial happened, which is a good thing. Crime rates in Taiwan didn't necessarily increase or decrease outside of the norm, and the Europeans surprisingly integrated well into the new Japanese society. They bought their food, ways of thinking, and culture along with them, enriching the already multicultural prefecture of Taiwan even more. No wonder the Shakai Taishuto's presence in Taiwan is very strong.

    And it is this integration that is becoming an issue in Japan. Since roughly 45% of the European Refugees on the island, and 60% of them throughout Japan, does not have citizenship status.

    Japan does not have a naturalization law outside of marriage. The first non-Japanese to ever naturalize. Koizumi Yakumo, became a citizen because he married a Japanese woman. Not all European refugees have that luxury, and many of them are in a state of Residency limbo. Practically no country wants them, and forced evictions by Japanese authorities is bound to cause mass discontent on the island. Perhaps a naturalization law is in order, one that will encompass all European refugees, and perhaps all future immigrants, coming to Japan.

    How the law will be written though, is completely up in the air. Since many Japanese people have visible integration concerns, and many worrying making these Europeans as citizens might jeopardize the social fabric of the country.

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    The Cultural Exception Clause
    Currently, all trade between the East and the West is cut-off due to the ideological divide, no country in East Asia is willing to trade with France and Britain, and conversely so with Britain and France. But a rare idea, first proposed by the British Ambassador for Japan emerged.

    Make an exception for products with cultural value. As in movies, theatre productions, books, music, and other such creative products.

    The idea, promoted by the British Ambassador on both British Television and on formal meetings with TUC members and members of the French and other European governments, have gained traction across Europe. It will be a small, niche market for them, and also for us, but it would help reduce tensions, increase cultural connections, and help reduce potential misunderstandings between each bloc should such an agreement is signed.

    The only concerns among us is that the population might get radicalized by the influx of Socialist Literature and other such nonsense from the West, we can probably make a quota system or make exceptions on some literature or so forth to reduce that possibility.

    Formation of JICA
    JICA, or the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is an idea proposed by Foreign Minister Kijuro Shidehara. It would involve turning responsibility for all our current foreign investment program under One Government Agency, the formation of JICA will pretty much ensure that we can further fine tune our foreign investment/ aid money since supervision of these projects, whether it's grant money for Hyundai Rotem, continued Mantetsu funding, and even Railway modernization in Insulindia would be all under one roof.

    The main problem? Well, it's super tricky. Since JICA's formation would be a direct attack on MITI, The Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Finance, ALL of them incredibly powerful government agencies with Civil Servants that has high influence in Japanese Politics. MITI alone is a giant to conquer, MITI, FM and MoF altogether? Well, Kijuro Shidehara can handle the Foreign Ministry, but MoF and MITI fighting against your agenda will be...

    Just don't underestimate Civil Servants.

    Forming the MoD
    Perhaps a less controversial suggestion. But the chiefs of the Army, Navy, and Air Force have all suggested that all their operations must be united under one roof. Oh, and of course, a centralized headquarters located just right next to CPS military command and Special Forces Command. A common sense suggestion for all intents and purposes. The one potential hiccup to their suggestion is that, considering just how recent the military coup was, formalizing the different branches under one roof might seen as a bit tone deaf. But other than that, this is a suggestion that doesn't have a lot of opponents from anywhere in the Japanese political sphere.

    Reevaluate the Iron Triangle
    A political concept popularized by the German Elite during the era of the Kaiserreich. It generally states that Big Business Conglomerates, the Bureaucracy, and the Government all have an overriding interest in reinforcing their power structures at the expense of everyone not inside of it. The practice of this concept was refined to a T during the glory days of the Kaiserreich, but was shattered when French tanks broke through the Siegfried line and outflanked the Germans in Alsace-Lorraine.

    And we don't wanna end up like the Germans now do we?

    This will be a gigantic effort, and will take years, if not decades, you're not even sure if you wanna go forward with this. But should you want it, passing a series of labour reforms, strengthening workers rights, create antitrust legislation (will be a first in Japan), and make Japan more Democratic is a surefire way to prevent the self reinforcing power structures in the Triangle from going too far.

    The Pacific Islands University Act
    Tetsu Katayama might be no longer PM, but that doesn't mean that he is not an influential diet member. And this recent act is an example of his influence. Currently, all major universities in Japan are located in the Japanese homeland (with the 1 exception located in Taiwan), this new act will grant funding for the construction of new Universities, most notably in Honiara, Port Moresby, Kaohsiung, Rabaul, Suva, and Pape'ete.

    Support within the Socialist Party is high for this bill. And the Japanese public is overall supportive. There is no good reason to block this bill unless something more pressing has come up.

    Electrify all of Japan's Railways
    Ever since the Tokaido line was electrified. Electrification of Japan's Railways has gone on a slow but steady path. With current estimates saying that Japan would have 50% of it's entire railway lines electrified. This is good, but not enough, a 100% electrification program is on the books and gaining support with everyone. A 100% electrification plan would also make construction of future Shinkansen lines significantly easier, reducing initial expenses as well.

    Faster and more frequent train service is generally good for everyone, and opposition is nonexistent. A freebie politically speaking.
     
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    The solution to the drug issue was resolved beyond your wildest expectations (You rolled a 20)

    Perhaps the attempt with the most surprising end result. The drug issue is widely deemed to be solved by all concerned citizens and government officials once the feelers to the Criminal Syndicates are released and limited supplies of certain drugs deemed 'non-harmful' were rolled out by the various prefectural governments.

    All of this straight from the committee recommendation for drug investigation report too. A 5 star example on how good committee management and prompt legislating from Tokyo can have a generally positive, and profitable, end result.

    Attempts to address the looming mental health crisis stumbled in it's first year (You rolled a 5)

    Japan is becoming known for it's relatively insular society, and even though it's current position does not allow for that insularity to last long. There are still elements of Japanese society still resistant to change. Most notable among them right now are military veterans, despite the many encouragements, the many efforts by Tokyo to create a Veterans Healthcare system, and the multitude of staff hired and staffed all across Japan. appointments are still few and far in between, and there are visible concerns among the Politicians that Japanese war Veterans just might not be all that interested in voicing out their problems at all.

    Hopefully this will resolve itself in the coming years, or else this will bite everyone in the ass.

    Immigration reform attempts barely avoided disaster (You rolled a 7)

    And of course, the insular/ conservative forces in Japan are out in force during the debate for Japan's first ever comprehensive immigration bill. Their various bullshit concerns among the people 'not being fully Japanese' and 'unable to integrate towards Japanese society' despite evidence to the contrary. A famous photo was taken of a Rikken Minseito Diet Member from Sendai eating what is called a 'Karēsōsēji', a dish pioneered by the German Immigrant population in Taiwan, integrating German sausages, Taiwanese rice, and Japanese curry. It became famous due to the Politician's visible dislike for immigrants. And widely circulated among left-wing circles as a prime example of conservative hypocrisy.

    Of course, with such a heated topic, the vote was going to be close, but nobody expected how close the vote got. Only a 10 vote margin in favour of the law in the Diet, and an even smaller margin of 5 votes in the House of Peers. Nonetheless, the law passes and hundreds of thousands of European Refugees immediately gained citizenship status, coupled with the millions gaining temporary residency as well. This will have an effect on the upcoming election.

    Cultural Exception Clause met with furor among the Japanese public, despite being ratified by the Diet (You rolled a 7)

    The Cultural Exception Law has only one group that visibly supported it: Academia. More than happy to analyze the current and latest forms of creative expression coming from the Socialist West. The rest of the public was dumbfounded and even resistive of the Cultural Exception Law, seeing it as some form of aberration entering the country, there are visible protests by mainly conservative Japanese peoples towards the law, but more unusually, protests to the law was not limited to conservatives only, practically everyone, from factory workers, salarymen, some University students, and farmers voiced their displeasure towards such a law.

    In another note, a certain British band called the Beatles has been a hit throughout the Japanese airwaves. Two songs, 'I saw her standing there' and 'Love me do', were the songs played in Japanese Discotheques and Radios.

    Chaos as the MoD Forms (You rolled a 10)

    Well, in hindsight this was always going to happen. Integrating three disparate Military Branches into one Ministry was always going to be chaotic, and it really shows, the separate formatting of paperwork, the fighting over whose office space should be staffed by who, and of course, inter-service rivalry made the creation of the MoD a chaotic and ad-hoc process. They are getting along, and promised the Diet that this is all in Japan's best interest, but it really doesn't look like it from a surface level observation of the situation.

    Pacific Islands University Act off to a start riddled with land disputes, supply chain problems, and even pushback by the local populace (You rolled a 4)

    An egging for Tetsu Katayama if there was one. The proposed University complexes are all located in disparate sites separated by hundreds, even thousands of kilometers of oceans, and of course the locals weren't super happy when the Japanese government comes in and starts buying massive amounts of land for University construction. There are land disputes throughout the early process, townhall meetings descending into chaos, and contractors having to wait for months on end for the cargo ship to finally bring in the required building materials for construction.

    All in all, an epic mess, one that Diet Member Katayama has taken full responsibility for and will work until the problem has been rectified.

    Electrification process for the Sanyo Line and Tohoku line met with deep public opposition (You rolled a 7)

    A similar situation, almost parallel in fact. Electrification of the rest of Japan's railways as been met with public opposition, the populace not really wanting their neighborhoods to turn into ad-hoc construction sites for potentially 2-3 years. The only difference with the Pacific Universities being that Project Management of the Electrification process are actually competent, and most concerns by the populace were snuffed out with promises and local agreements for work-times and hiring.

    CEWS finally finished, and meetings with American Railway executives are going relatively smoothly (You rolled a 13)

    The only other area where progress has been good. The Coastal Early Warning System has finally been finished, with testing of the system revealing that it is working up to specification. With the CEWS finished and very, very overbudget. The meetings with American Railway experts and executives can begin, and despite the limited nature of the cooperation, the enthusiasm expressed by the Americans blew our expectations, and they are incredibly willing to jot out whatever detail on our Shinkansen project, talks about a 'Great Lakes Corridor' and a 'Northeast Corridor' were abound in their mouths. At the very least, we know which areas the Americans want to prioritize their High Speed Rail Construction at.
     
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    1964, a year that is shaping up to be extremely explosive both inside of Japan and outside of Japan. In Japan, elections are coming up, while outside of Japan. Africa seems like a powderkeg ready to explode once again, and there are coming election for the American Union State. Good luck!

    Crises that need be addressed. You cannot progress unless you have addressed all of them.

    The Collapse of South Africa


    Perhaps this is the biggest one. But it seems that South Africa's experiment into a White Minority government with two Syndicalist neighbors and a victorious Socialist Europe has gone as well as expected. With Namibia and Rhodesia now about to fall into Syndicalist hands, and the government largely fighting a three front war. In the Townships, in Namibia, and in Rhodesia. Sir Seretse Khama, a notable black leader and formerly an imprisoned man, has declared Bechunaland (Botswana OTL) an Independent Republic by early 1964, after being freed from his captivity in a bordertown near Bechuanaland.

    With the Townships declaring their own 'temporary republics', such as the City Republic of Durban, the City Republic of Cape Town, and the City Republic of Johannesburg, the Syndicalist Invasion, the Bechuanaland declaration of independence, and the massively stretched South African army. Japan must make a choice, and whatever choice it makes, pray to god that it is the right one.

    Do note. Any military intervention must take into account that the French commune controls the territories of Diego Garcia, Réunion and Comoros, as well as the Seychelles. We must ensure that the Amiral Est of the Communard Navy does not freak out at the sudden appearance of a Japanese task force sailing across their islands.

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    American Elections, and Southern Fury

    Barry Goldwater was once thought of as a kook. He held incredibly revisionist views of American history, thinking that 'Whites Build America' and opposes vehemently the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In any other situation, he would be ousted from the Washington Political Elite for being out of touch with the common folk, and yet. In the Right Wing faction of the America First Party, he is seen as a rising star. An idol if you will, to an amorphous, imagined past where America was great, where 'western' values hold control over the world, and where the spectres of Syndicalism and Orientalism was but minor trifles that can be solved in due time.

    Safe to say, America practically stands alone at this point. With Europe falling into Syndicalism, and Japan dominating all of Asia. Americans, particularly of the more Conservative persuasion, is practically ripe for a Segregationist, Racist candidate to fight John F Kennedy in the 1964 election.

    And practically everyone in Tokyo wants Goldwater to lose.

    This 1964 election is predicted to be as close as the 1960 election, with longtime Kingmaker Huey Long not making any public comments supporting any candidate. Kennedy and Goldwater is set to duke it out in the campaign trail. PSIA agents highly suggest that we should expend significant resources to ensure Kennedy's victory, and that a racist, revisionist America does not rise up. But it is up to you, ultimately, on how we should solve this issue.

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    Formation of JICA
    JICA, or the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is an idea proposed by Foreign Minister Kijuro Shidehara. It would involve turning responsibility for all our current foreign investment program under One Government Agency, the formation of JICA will pretty much ensure that we can further fine tune our foreign investment/ aid money since supervision of these projects, whether it's grant money for Hyundai Rotem, continued Mantetsu funding, and even Railway modernization in Insulindia would be all under one roof.

    The main problem? Well, it's super tricky. Since JICA's formation would be a direct attack on MITI, The Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Finance, ALL of them incredibly powerful government agencies with Civil Servants that has high influence in Japanese Politics. MITI alone is a giant to conquer, MITI, FM and MoF altogether? Well, Kijuro Shidehara can handle the Foreign Ministry, but MoF and MITI fighting against your agenda will be...

    Just don't underestimate Civil Servants.

    Reevaluate the Iron Triangle
    A political concept popularized by the German Elite during the era of the Kaiserreich. It generally states that Big Business Conglomerates, the Bureaucracy, and the Government all have an overriding interest in reinforcing their power structures at the expense of everyone not inside of it. The practice of this concept was refined to a T during the glory days of the Kaiserreich, but was shattered when French tanks broke through the Siegfried line and outflanked the Germans in Alsace-Lorraine.

    And we don't wanna end up like the Germans now do we?

    This will be a gigantic effort, and will take years, if not decades, you're not even sure if you wanna go forward with this. But should you want it, passing a series of labour reforms, strengthening workers rights, create antitrust legislation (will be a first in Japan), and make Japan more Democratic is a surefire way to prevent the self reinforcing power structures in the Triangle from going too far.

    GIDC Project: The Ganges-Bengal Corridor
    A proposal from the Indian Ambassador, and catching the interest of the Siamese considering the potential revenue stream it can bring into Siam should it be constructed. It will be an infrastructure project utilizing all the resources of the Indian construction Industry as well as Burmese, and Siamese Engineers. In short, the Ganges-Bengal corridor would create a series of dedicated Freight railway networks, freight stations, highways, and highway stops all along a line stretching from New Delhi into Calcutta, all of it ending in a massive new Deep Port facility being built on the West Bengali City. This corridor would also end in the cities of Yangon and Phuket. Where goods can be distributed along the relatively more developed Siamese-Burmese highway and Railway networks.

    Practically every economist worth his salt agrees that this project will boost the economies of both India and Southeast Asia, but the Price Tag is pretty enormous, calling for hundreds of billions of dollars of funding over multiple years, with potentiality for cost overruns being a real possibility. Obviously we will get a piece of the pie, and it will be extremely profitable for us should we commit, but this will mandate some hurt in our national budget for years to come.

    GIDC Project: Port Klang and Tanjung Priok expansion
    Still a massive project proposed by the Insulindian and Malayan delegates, but considerably more conservative. The cities of Klang and Jakarta is set to begin expanding their port facilities to meet the demands of their rising middle class, and unfortunately they are still trying to entice investors across Australia, Japan and New Zealand to fund their project. It will no doubt be a significant boost to the Insulindian and Malayan economies should the expansion be approved as a GIDC Project, but nonetheless, it will count for tens of billions of dollars of funding for the next couple of years.

    Still more feasible than what the Indians are proposing though.

    Stationing a fleet in Pearl Harbour
    Hawaii is afraid, they are practically a blip in the Pacific Ocean, separated from both Asia and America by thousands of miles of Ocean, and they are also a strategically placed blip at that. Hence their history of being a former US territory before everything goes tits up stateside.

    And now they are realizing just how vulnerable they are with the coming American elections, and the prospect of someone like Goldwater winning.

    Hawaii is practically begging to Tokyo to park a fleet of ships in Pearl Harbour, a sign from Japan that would indicate their commitment to the defense of Hawaii. They are even willing to build facilities to host our sailors as well, a shock to the Tokyo politicians once they heard about it. Still, even positioning a Surface Action Group in Honolulu, a fancy way of saying parking a bunch of Destroyers and Cruisers in their harbour, while retaining our big Carriers and Battleships in Yokosuka, would be a clear signal to the Americans. And people are still deliberating whether or not they should permanently stage a fleet there at all.

    It's ultimately your choice.
     
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