Kiroshi Opticals is a Japanese cyberware and optical technology megacorporation known for producing the finest cyberoptics on the international market, as well as for their wide offering of specialized cyberoptic modules and options. Kiroshi also produces high-tech cameras, displays and manufactures key components used in cameras of all kinds.
Known for being among the first corporation to jump unto orbital manufacturing, in the early 2010s, Kiroshi cyberoptics and components are incredibly far-ahead of the competition. In the 2020s, Kiroshi products have become synonymous with reliability and professionalism. Military forces and corporations alike mandate their use as part of the uniform, civilians break the bank to afford them, and edgerunners wouldn’t be caught without them. Celebrities, models, and politicians flaunt their Kiroshi cybereyes as a signifier of their wealth and technological know-how.
In other words: owning Kiroshi is cool.
Kiroshi is founded in the 1970s in Kamisuwa, Nagano Prefecture in Japan and began as a watch manufacturer. The business grew into a generalist electronics manufacturer, finding great success in optical technologies like cameras. As cyberware became more commonplace in the early 2000s, the company jumped to cyberware manufacturing and played to their strength by being among the first to release a viable cyberoptic in 2001, the Kiroshi 1.
Kiroshi is among the first to jump into orbital manufacturing in 2013 by collaborating with the Japanese Aerospace Bureau and Kenjiri Technologies. As a result, Kiroshi established an early monopoly in orbital-made optics and became a household name in cyberoptics technology. The Japanese cyberware company pioneered the first cyberoptical Heads-Up Displays, optical cameras and Anti-Dazzle technology, among other cyberoptics technologies.
In this stage of explosive growth, Kiroshi initially targeted Asian markets, but quickly came to realize that North American chaos created a bottomless demand for high-quality chrome: various police departments, armed forces and many civilians needed to chip in to survive. As a result, in 2005, Kiroshi established the headquarter of its American branch in Seattle and quickly made gains in the fractured United States. Initially, the corporation planned to create a manufacturing base in North America. In 2007, Kiroshi partook in the “great sale” of the Canadian economy by acquiring Vancouver-based OptiSnap Technologies, several specialized aerospace manufacturing contractors, as well as the land rights for an eventual manufacturing plant in Montréal. In 2011, Kiroshi purchased several townships in Mexico and, most importantly, its people, who were forced into a 10-year work contract and shipped to the newly finished Montréal Kiroshi Campus to manufacture components.
When the city of Montréal went bankrupt in 2014, city investments dried up and Kiroshi abandoned their American manufacturing project. Orbital manufacturing was already revealing itself to be the future of the business and North American labor proved too expensive, even with all the tax cuts and benefits. The whole initiative ended up being a somewhat insignificant blip in the history of Kiroshi, and even ended up being profitable: the purchased Mexican townships were eventually flipped over to the European Space Agency for a tidy profit and the Montréal manufacturing plant was repurposed into a regional office, part distribution center and part white collar offices. Today, slightly over 2,000 employees work there, making Montréal one of the smaller regional headquarters in North America, behind Seattle and Night City.
Product Review of Kiroshi Optics Mk.2 by Karina on NetShop.
"The best cybereyes ever. Straight up. Resolution is high, they never break and integrating new options is seamless. I wear mine with pride, Kiroshi forever!"
Product Review of Kiroshi Optics Mk.2 by Adry4n on NetShop.
"Overpriced garbage. No customization, shitty anti-consumer OS that is mysteriously incompatible with non-Kiroshi stuff. I'll stick with generic chrome eyes, thanks. At least those are appropriately priced."
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