The world's first megacorp, Shiawase is based in Osaka, Japan. The two Shiawase
Decisions, in 2000 and 2001, changed our world. The first allowed Shiawase to run a private nuclear facility, and the second
granted them extraterritorial status, which all corps of at least AA status have now. Shiawase paved the way for the current
corporate domination of the world. Wonderful.
Shiawase is a family-owned corp, with approximately 80 percent of the stock controlled by the Shiawase dynasty. The chairman
of the Board is Sadato Shiawase, a charismatic but traditional leader whose prejudice against metahumans is echoed throughout
the corp His older sister Soko controls the other major power bloc in Shiawase, and she is constantly butting heads with Sadato.
The weirdest member of the Board is Ryoi Shiawase, Sadato and Soko's brother; he's dead. That's right, dead. A medium who
supposedly communicates with his ghost votes for him.
Shiawase leads the megacorp pack in the biotechnology and service industries, and only S-K beats it out in the heavy-industry
field. The megacorp also owns more of the world than any other corporations except S-K and Aztechnology. One reason for these
successes is the Market Information & Forecasting Department (MIFD). The MIFD gives Shiawase incredible information-gathering
and analysis capabilities, which is invaluable in the corporate world.
Shiawase likes to put on a good face for the public, so most physical security is subtle. The corp relies heavily on technology
to assess threats, sending out the guards only when a threat is detected. If you have enough skill to spoof the detectors,
you can avoid the guards until you get pretty deep into a facility. Be prepared for security riggers, though. Shiawase has
decent magical security, too. In all cases, the focus is on minimum lethality and taking prisoners for interrogation.