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New Port City (新浜市, Niihama-shi?) is a fictional metropolis depicted in Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell series. The main setting of the various GitS stories, New Port City is located on the north side of Osaka Bay in the fictional Niihama prefecture (新浜県) next to Kobe, Port Island, and Rokko Island. In Ghost in the Shell and Stand Alone Complex, New Port City is the capital of Japan and one of the locations used by the Japanese Army. It should be noted that there is a real Niihama in Japan that is very different from New Port City.

The opening lines of voice-over in the 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell establish the setting as New Port City. In this film, the city's visual style is modeled upon Hong Kong; characters seen on signs are in Chinese, rather than Japanese. The television series Stand Alone Complex keeps the city's name but changes its appearance. (In the second episode of the second season, much of the city resembles the New York of Taxi Driver, but that entire episode was an homage to that movie.) The city houses most of Japan's politicians, business leaders and industrial workers.

Notable sites and locations Edit

The following are notable sites or locations in New Port City.

Dejima IslandEdit

Dejima Island is an artificial island in Nagasaki Bay that was a Dutch trading post during Japan's self-imposed isolation (sakoku) of the Edo period, from 1641 until 1853. At the time of Ghost in the Shell, the island is occupied by refugees following the 3rd and 4th World War.

Institutions Edit

Government Edit

  • Japanese Naval Base - is one of the naval bases used by the Japanese government.
  • Japan Self-Defense Forces
  • Prime Minister - Japan's Head of State (Yoko Kayabuki as of 2nd GIG)
  • Diet of Japan
  • House of Councillors - is the upper parliament house used by the Japanese government. (speculated, but not canon)
  • House of Representatives - is the lower parliament house used by the Japanese government.
  • Cabinet - see entry Cabinet of Japan
  • Ministries - see entry Ministries of Japan
  • Niihama Prefecture Police (新浜県警) - Like the current capital Tokyo, Niihama does have a Metropolitan Police Department (警視庁), under the command of a police superintendent general. However, the MPD is mainly responsible for administrative role similar to the National Police Agency (警察庁) and the law and order in New Port City is primarily maintain by the Niihama Prefecture Police. The NPP's SWAT teams are frequently called to assist in Section 9's operation.
  • Chinese Embassy - is the Chinese embassy located in New Port City. In Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG, the embassy was infiltrated by a terrorist group called the Individual Eleven.
Agencies Edit

Institutes Edit

  • Spring-8 Radiation Research Institute- an institute located in New Port City that conducts research on the Japanese nuclear program.
  • National Library - is the New Port's library that mostly consists of cybernetic information instead of books.

Tourism Edit

  • New Port City International Airport - is New Port City's international airport.
  • New Port Hotel - is one of New Port's famous hotels. The building is located in the heart of the city and overlooks the Dejima region.
  • Expressway - is the major highway running through New Port. The expressway connects the city with Tokyo and Dejima.
  • Dejima Bridge - is a bridge that connects New Port City with Dejima Island. During the Dejima refugee rebellion in 2nd GIG, the bridge was brought down in order to prevent JSDF forces from entering Dejima.

Entertainment Edit

  • Geisha House - is the one of the most prestigious Geisha houses in New Port City, as such it is very popular amongst the higher echelons of New Port's business life, a frequent visitor being Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • Ishikawa Arcade - One of the most popular Virtual Arcades in New Port City. Ishikawa secretly uses the brains of its patrons for distributed computing.

Businesses Edit

  • Serano Genomics - is the one of New Port City's major micromachine companies.
  • Megatech Body Co. - is a cybernetic body manufacturer. In the 1995 film Ghost in the Shell, Major Kusanagi's and the Puppet Master's bodies were created by Megatech.

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