Speaking of Reunion the two Japan's, is Northern Japan going to be a big problem to the South?
Because an example is after Germany got reunited the eastern part that were East Germany has a poorer and undeveloped economy compared to Western Germany.
Does this same problem carried to this Japan 🗾
Perhaps somewhat mindful of the missteps carried out by the United States during its earliest phases of annexing the defeated Confederacy, the leadership of South Japan implemented a phased merger of the two Japans, as to minimize economic and cultural dislocation. Although technically part of the Republic of Japan on the morning February 14, 1987, the change wasn't immediately obvious to the average resident of North Japan, and due to the secretive nature of the North Japanese government, the average person in North Japan wasn't even aware that changes were afoot until just a month or two before the final merger happened.
Nearly everyone working within the national government of North Japan lost their positions of authority, upon the merger, but these people were guaranteed lifelong pensions and immunity from prosecution within secret provisions of the merger agreement. Although the national government quietly went out of business, for a time, the Republic of Japan kept local North Japanese prefecture governments largely intact for the purpose of implementing the necessary changes throughout society and industry. Since lower level North Japanese government officials were not guaranteed immunity from prosecution, most were eager to implement the changes dictated by their new bosses from Tokyo.
To the average citizen of North Japan tuning into The People's Central Television Network news on the morning of February 14, 1987, few things would have seemed different from the day before. Except maybe the news anchors are dressed in a slightly more liberal fashion, there is a strange watermark logo in the lower right corner of the screen indicating a new partnership with the NHK network of South Japan. The next noticeable change might be an influx of consumer products on the shelves of stores occurring gradually over the next few weeks. Following that, there would be a gradual increase of Toyotas, Suzuikis, and Hondas on the streets of Northern Japan.
Also, while most units of the North Japanese Army were disarmed and assigned to other duties, the border troops of the North Japanese Army were rearmed with more modern equipment from the Republic of Japan, and were instructed to maintain the old border between North and South Japan. Officials in Tokyo were uncertain how the North Japanese populace would react to their new found freedom, and they feared the possibility that hundreds of thousands of North Japanese citizens might suddenly come flooding across the border in search of a better life in the South. It is a full two years before the border is totally dismantled, and Japanese citizens can travel freely between both halves of their formerly divided country.
Immediately preceding merger, the military forces of North Japan were put under the direct control of Republic of Japan commanders, but there was not a direct attempt to merge the two forces together. For a time, the military forces of North Japan were allowed to exist as a disarmed force as most of their equipment was sold off to developing countries in Africa and Latin America. It was agreed that one of the best ways to fight unemployment in the north would be to keep the disarmed North Japanese military in uniform for up two years, and to assign them minor details such as fire-fighting, mine-clearing, and other types of community based work. North Japanese military personnel wishing to remain in uniform beyond the official disbandment date of February 15, 1989 were required to pass an aptitude test, attend Republic of Japan basic training, and to swear an oath of loyalty to the Republic of Japan. In the end, less than a third of North Japan's fighting force ended up serving long term within the forces of the Republic of Japan.
Meanwhile, upon the merger, the government of the Republic of Japan took ownership of all state owned enterprises which has previously been owned by the People's Democratic Republic of Japan. These enterprises included such heavy industries as mines, steel foundries, ship-yards, and munition factories. However, rather than selling off such enterprises at pennies on the dollar, the Republic of Japan kept their newly acquired factories operating at an idle pace to avoid layoffs. Those industrial facilities which could be quickly retooled were given free-trade status, and were allowed to operate as a private business, even though for the time being, they were still state owned enterprises. For example, the Nissan plant located in Fukishima was put to work producing low-cost tractors for export, and it also produced replacement parts for the North Japanese tanks which has been shipped to developing countries around the world. The revenue from such enterprises were used to help pay for upgrades to nearby infrastructure within the surrounding free-trade zone. Eventually, by the end of the century, the Japanese government divested itself of its North Japan assets by selling them off to private investors at market prices.
This isn't to say that there wasn't some economic and societal dislocation associated with the merger between the two Japans. Industrialists in the South bristled at the free-trade zones established around certain areas in Northern Japan, and many complained that state owned enterprises were being given unfair market advantages. Also, the former People's Democratic Republic of Japan industrial facilities never earned quite enough money to completely pay for the rebuilding of Northern Japan, they did help to off set the expense. Additionally, in spite of the governments best efforts, unemployment surged in Northern Japan during the first decade following the merger. This was mainly due to former military personnel and munitions workers who could not find comparable employment following the merger.
Unfortunately, this high unemployment helped to create a fertile breading ground for the Yakuza of Southern Japan to exploit. An officer who once served in the North Japanese Army might find himself serving a few years later as a mid-level functionary with the Yakuza. For a short time quasi legal casinos, karaoke clubs, and bikini bars cropped up as city officials turned a blind eye. However, this trend gradually following the turn of the century.
One of the most unusual things to come out of the merger between North and South Japan is the Worker's Paradise resort village covering roughly nine hundred hectares just outside of Sendai in Japan. For a fee, residents can enjoy faux communistic style architecture, mock communal living, fake state owned grocery stores which sell Dr. Hopper. The staff of the Worker's Paradise resort wear uniforms reminiscent of those worn by the police and military of the People's Democratic Republic of Japan. However, the loudspeakers mounted on the street corners tend to play easy-listening music from the US, instead of patriotic music from North Japan, the military skirts worn by the female staff members are a bit more revealing than those worn by actual female soldiers of the North Japanese Army, and if anyone has a sharp enough eye, they might notice that the tires mounted on the huge black Nissan Premier limousines are actually Toyo Brand tires which have been repainted to look like North Japanese Red Star brand tires.