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State of Japan
Kakuei map
Map by Homusubi
Tanaka Kakuei

(YNAEMP alt: Niigata)

Oriental (Japanese)



Japan led by Tanaka Kakuei is a custom civilisation by Homusubi, with contributions from TopHatPaladin, JFD, and PorkBean.

This mod requires Brave New World.


Tanaka Kakuei []

Japan's postwar leaders have, for the most part, been rather forgettable. The stories of Queen Himiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Emperor Meiji have given way to a procession of Liberal Democratic Party figures in suits, the sort of people most would have trouble getting the right way round even if they had studied politics. Most of these fungible prime ministers' policy platforms have been forgettable in themselves, too, seen as little more than background noise while the so-called postwar economic miracle busied itself spreading the gospel of the electric rice cooker to each corner of the archipelago.

There are still, however, a couple of exceptions to this general rule, and the most flamboyant of these concerns a man from Niigata named Tanaka Kakuei, one of the very few postwar PMs without  any form of family background in politics. Widespread corruption is nothing new in the LDP, but uniquely among its leaders, Tanaka positively embraced it, pulling himself out of poverty and right to the top of the country using every disreputable trick possible, and then using similar tactics to do what fit his (arguably peculiar) idea of 'best' for Japan and Niigata.

Tanaka was strongly associated with the construction industry, and the late-20th-century LDP doctrine of the doken kokka ('construction state') owes much to his leadership. The doken kokka involves a system in which large proportions of rural economies are propped up by a succession of public works projects guaranteeing permanent construction jobs, complete with all the opportunities for contract profits and LDP vote-gathering that entails. Tanaka's love of large-scale construction is, at its best, what gave Japan the expanded shinkansen network it has today; at its worst, it resulted in the massive concrete scars seemingly blighting half the natural features in the country.

It is worth noting that Tanaka never lost his popularity in and around his home district in Niigata. Many of his public works projects were focused in the area - including, most infamously, the Joetsu Shinkansen, which almost perfectly skewers the district - and they apparently genuinely did positively contribute to the lives of the local population, to the extent that they kept enthusiastically voting for Tanaka during and after the Lockheed scandal.

Dawn of Man[]

Kakuei scene

Art by Homusubi

"The corridors of power beckon to you, Prime Minister Tanaka. Using every disreputable means available to someone of your former humble status, you have risen through each rank of political power, and now sit at the very top, almost untouched by those not born into guaranteed fortune. Before you stretches the nation of Japan; always present at the edge of every map, however old, and inheritor of a thousand years of history, through which your people refined the arts of pen and sword until they became the envy of this world. And no matter how many typhoons, tsunami, and insane rulers battered the shores of these islands, the Japanese persevered through each and every one.

Prime Minister, your country has at last found its way to the mountaintop, and looks down on a new dawn of prosperity. Can you, at this time of such great opportunity, take the reins of government, taming every mountain and connecting every corner of the land, making sure every village shares each miracle you create? Can you ensure your civilisation stands the test of time?"

Introduction 1: "Good day. My name is Tanaka, and welcome to Japan. I am sure we have enough to convince you to invest in our growing empire."

Introduction 2: "Welcome to Japan. Look around you, and you will see an economic miracle. I am sure that that is enough to make you hope we will be friends."

Defeat: "So it appears as if my actions have, at long last, caught up to me. Well done. Just don't be surprised if your cabinet gets tougher to handle from now on."

Unique Attributes[]

Japan (Tanaka Kakuei)
Kakuei leader
The Shogun of Darkness

Improving a tile provides a small Production Production boost to its city. May construct one Shinkansen Terminal building in your empire, which allows airlifting to cities connected to it by Railroad and halves the cost of Gold Gold buildings in those cities.

Kakuei uu
Lockheed Fighter (Fighter)

When trained using Production Production, a third of the cost of the unit is refunded as Gold Gold.

Kakuei ub
Keiretsu (Stock Exchange)

Has a chance to convert opposing non-enemy military units which end their turn within the city's borders. The chance of conversion depends on the size of the Japanese Gold treasury.

City List
  1. Tokyo
  2. Niigata
  3. Osaka
  4. Kariwa
  5. Nagoya
  6. Nagaoka
  7. Yokohama
  8. Koide
  9. Kyoto
  10. Joetsu
  11. Kobe
  12. Yuzawa
  13. Kitakyushu
  14. Sanjo
  15. Sapporo
  16. Urasa
  17. Kawasaki
  18. Tsubame
  19. Fukuoka
  20. Sekikawa
  21. Sakai
  22. Murakami
  23. Sendai
  24. Kashiwazaki
  25. Hiroshima
  26. Ryotsu
  27. Chiba
  28. Muikamachi
  29. Kumamoto
  30. Tokamachi
Spy List
  • Takeo
  • Masayoshi
  • Susumu
  • Isaji
  • Kiichi
  • Makiko
  • Yoshio
  • Seisuke
  • Hana
  • Yasuhiro
Icon KakueiJapan


Peace Theme War Theme
Link Link
Ue wo Muite Arukou by Sakamoto Kyu, cover by Akmal Hariri Mothra's Theme by Koseki Yuji, cover by Bear McCreary

Mod Support[]

Unique Cultural Influence[]

(To Kakuei) “Our people are putting concrete on mountains and fantasising about giant monsters. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture.”

(From Kakuei) "I see your people are clamouring to connect their hamlets by bullet train. The amazing works of our civilisation are truly inspiring!"

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 18 June 2020


  • Homusubi: original author, XML, art, most Lua, most text
  • TopHatPaladin: Lua advisory, most of Lockheed Fighter Lua
  • JFD: Lua advisory/snippets, especially around the Shinkansen effects;IsCivilisationActive utility function
  • PorkBean: Lua advisory/snippets, especially around the Keiretsu
  • LimerickArcher: updated/streamlined Lua in v. 2
  • JFD, Whoward, Neirai: Lua utility functions
  • Firaxis, Encyclopaedia Britannica: parts of Civilopedia
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