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The Fact of Being There

The Fact of Being There そこにいることSoko ni Iru Koto

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2 (2nd GIG)

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Transcript:The Fact of Being There

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September 4, 2004


March 17, 2006

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Afternoon of the Machines


Mother and Child

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This is an Individual episode.

This is an Individual episode. This episode ties in with the Individual Eleven storyline. This is the fourth Individual episode overall and the sixteenth episode of the season.


The Prime Minister calls a meeting of her cabinet to discuss the refugee situation. During the meeting several cabinet members attempt to distance themselves from the problem, while top-ranking military officials and local law enforcement voice their concern over the sudden influx of refugees to Dejima Island. When a recess is called the Prime Minister meets with Aramaki and Kusanagi, who alert her to the existence of "cyberbrain hubs". During her briefing with Aramaki, the Prime Minister reveals that her lack of clout is being taken advantage of by some members of her cabinet and exploited for their own ends. It seems that some members of the cabinet are attempting to force the PM out of the picture, and Section 9 is asked to look into the matter. Meanwhile, Ishikawa returns from the Korean Peninsula and briefs the rest of the Section 9 members on what he found out about Kuze's past. During the war Kuze was in the Ground Self Defense Army, and was ordered to Korea shortly after the country unified to safeguard the North Territories from the retreating People's Army. Kuze was assigned to a mechanized battalion, and his unit saw action in defense of a refugee village along a river near the Korea/China border. Since Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution prevents Japan's military from deploying overseas in any official capacity a press blackout had been in effect, but this worked against Kuze's unit when rumors began to circulate that they were somehow involved in the refugee slaughter. One day Kuze exchanged his gun for a camera and went into the refugee camp near his base, and after a time became a well accepted member of the refugee village. When the GSDA forces received orders to head home Kuze disappeared, presumably heading west (over the border into China). Ishikawa reports that the last known location for Kuze was in Taiwan, and the briefing concludes on that note.

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