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Neo-Tokyo (Fifth Edition Core Rulebook)


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Neo-Tokyo (jpn. ネオ東京) is the capital of Japan and the seat of the Emperor. It was created in the aftermath of the Ring of Fire catastrophe of 2061. As part of the rebuilding efforts the old metropolis, Tokyo (jpn. 東京) proper, was merged with the surrounding prefectures (the Greater Tokyo Area) to form Neo-Tokyo Prefecture.[1] The Greater Neo-Tokyo Metropolitan Area, nicknamed "the city without end", is the country's largest sprawl of 50 million people [2], one of the largest on Earth.


Neo-Tokyo comprises of Tokyo city (the wards), the three former prefectures Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba and the artificial islands and arcologies built into Tokyo Bay. An area of more than 20,000 km².[3]


The Universal Matrix Specifications Conference sponsored by Fuchi 2039 in Tokyo standardizes worldwide computer networking.

As a result of the corporate war the Tokyo Stock Exchange plummets on September 29, 2059, "White Monday."

In 2061, during the Ring of Fire eruptions, an earthquake destroyed parts of the city. Megacorps started to build the destroyed parts of the city, but the new emperor, 14-year-old Yasuhito, disagreed. He planned to rebuild the city with help of Shinto priests, mages and kami spirits.

In 2062, Yamatetsu reopened its offices in the city and the rest of the country.

Emperor Yasuhito consolidated several neighboring prefectures in 2063 into Neo-Tokyo and begins implementing his reconstruction plans. In 2064, Transys Neuronet announced its wireless Matrix overlay for the sprawl, setting the foundation for its augmented reality grid.


Officially 45 million people live in the Greater Neo-Tokyo Metropolitan Area, the true number including SINless and non-recognized sapients is deemed closer to 50 million (2071).[4] The population density is roughly 2500/km² [5] with a much higher density in the central region.

Wards [6][]

Each of Neo-Tokyo's wards has its own government and function as independent cities, with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, seated in Nishi-Shinjuku, handling sprawl-wide services.

Neo-Tokyo's abandoned subways and extensive flood-control tunnels also house thousands of homeless and shamed metahumans.

The 23 Special Wards of Tokyo[]

The urban area of Tokyo is divided into 23 special wards (特別区, tokubetsuku), and many resemble sizable cities in most respects.

List of special wards[]

Adachi (足立区)
Arakawa (荒川区)
Bunkyo (文京区)
Chiyoda (千代田区)
Chuo (中央区)
Itabashi (板橋区)
Katsushika (葛飾区)
Kita (北区)
Koto (江東区)
Meguro (目黒区)
Minato (港区)
Nakano (中野区)
Nerima (練馬区)
Ota (大田区)
Setagaya (世田谷区)
Shibuya (渋谷区)
Shinagawa (品川区)
Shinjuku (新宿区)
Suginami (杉並区)
Sumida (墨田区)
Toshima (豊島区)
Taito (台東区)

Security [7][]

Neo-Tokyo employs a municipal, non-corporate police force. The Neo-Tokyo Municipal Police are known for their training, state-of-the-art gear and application of drones and robots.

Citizens cannot carry firearms, but adults can carry any non-concealed bladed weapon, and many do for purposes of fashion more than self-defense.


As one would expect, the Yakuza dominates the underworld in the sprawl. It is the center of the rivalry between the Yakuza clans of the Old School and the New Way. Foreign syndicates (Chinese Triads, the Koreans, and Russian Vory) have not only established strongholds in the city but have been expanding at the expense of the Yakuza. The Mafia has no presence in Neo-Tokyo.[8][9][10]


  1. o70096438Shadows of Asia p.79
  2. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.59 unofficial number, official estimate is only 45 million
  3. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.76
  4. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.59
  5. based on 50 million and a 20,000 km² area (o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.59, 76)
  6. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.76-84
  7. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.85
  8. o07914318Corporate Enclaves p.103
  9. o61900501Ghost Cartels p.107
  10. o61900501Ghost Cartels p.110


2035: Fuchi and Asakura Electronics battle in the Tokyo War.

2036: Japan moves the capital to Kyoto because of the Tokyo War.



  • Shadowrun Second Edition, 298-305
  • Tokyo Sourcebook
    • Tokyo War between Fuchi and Asakura Electronics in 2035, p.21
    • Capital move in 2036, because of the Tokyo War, p.21
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