Terrorist on the Rooftop

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Terrorist on the Rooftop
Author: Mikito Chinen
Specifications: ISBN  978-4334774653
366 pages
10.8 x 15.4 cm / 4.3 x 6.1 in (WxH)
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Kobunsha Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2017
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A fictitious Japan that was partitioned between east and west after World War II comes under internal attack by a beautiful young terrorist pursuing reunification 72 years later.

On November 15, 2017, high-school senior Akito Sakai, who has recently lost both of his parents in a tragic traffic accident, goes up to the roof of his school building to leap to his death. Fellow senior Saki Sasaki stops him. The beautiful Saki often skips school and has earned a reputation as a misfit. Since Akito is apparently not afraid to die, she asks if he’d like to help with a potentially dangerous project she has in the works. Though still in high school, Saki also chairs the holding company for Japan’s largest zaibatsu (business conglomerate)—a position she inherited when her grandfather died two years before. She intends to apply the financial resources this gives her to a terrorist plot, and wishes to hire Akito as her bodyguard.

In the world of the story, instead of ending World War II by accepting the surrender terms of the Potsdam Declaration on August 15, 1945, Japan continued to fight, and after its ultimate defeat the country was split in two between the Republic of West Japan under the influence of the United States, and the Imperial Federation of East Japan, under the influence of the Soviet Union. A high, reinforced wall was constructed between the two nations beginning on the eastern outskirts of Tokyo, which remained the capital of West Japan. West Japan adopted a presidential form of government and became part of the capitalist free world. East Japan established a system of one-party rule under the Socialist Labor Party and became part of the communist bloc. The emperor was allowed to remain as the nominal head of state for East Japan, with the Imperial Household Minister speaking for him as the party’s puppet.

During 2017, President Takashi Nikaidō of West Japan has been engaged in top-secret talks with Tarō Haga, secretary-general of East Japan’s Socialist Labor Party. By November, final touches are being put on an agreement to announce the reunification of Japan at a summit conference on December 31. But then the East Japan Army makes an incursion on West Japan territory. Army commander-in-chief General Kubo is moving toward a coup d’état against Haga, whose government is at risk of falling.

With Akito at her side, Saki holds up an armored vehicle and makes off with ¥1 billion, then purchases a nuclear-tipped missile built by the former Soviet Union for about ¥3 billion as she carries her plot forward step by step. Next she sends word to both Nikaidō and Haga that she has acquired the means to disseminate the smallpox virus, pressing them to go ahead with their year-end meeting. She also opens a secret channel with General Kubo of the East Japan Army to coordinate with his coup-related maneuvers, and tells Akito she intends to fire the missile at Niigata while the summit is being held there on December 31: by having the first shot come from West Japan, she will give East Japan an excuse to invade. On the day of the summit, East Japan troops begin breaking through the wall in multiple locations even as masses of West Japan citizens turn out for protest demonstrations in Niigata. Television broadcasts in both countries are jammed by an unknown party (later revealed to be Saki) and taken off the air. As the two leaders begin their meeting, the missile is launched. . .

In the end, all goes according to Saki’s carefully knit plan to bring about the reunification of Japan without a single casualty. With only an hour to go before 2018 rings in, Saki demands that the two leaders immediately declare the reunification of Japan. Nikaidō and Haga’s agreement is broadcast live over the restored airwaves, and General Kubo, who had allowed himself to be used as a pawn by Saki, is arrested for crimes against the state. When the supposedly nuclear-tipped missile reaches its target, it sets off a spectacular fireworks show to celebrate the country’s reunification instead of destroying the city.