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Based primarily in Chiba City, bio-engineering firms cater to a wide variety of clientele, ranging from the lonely to the perverted. Although the legal status of cloning is ambiguous, Japanese law dictates that a person has absolute agency over his or her genetic material. Whether said agency extends to the free creation of clones has yet to be challenged in the Japanese legislature, but given the collective interest of powerful groups such as Takahashi K.K. and the Yakuza in maintaining the status quo, it seems unlikely that such a motion will be presented to the house.
Moreover, it is a poorly-kept secret that bio-engineering firms also provide a great deal of unadvertised services, particularly to governments, zaibatsu and wealthy individuals. Although it is illegal for private firms to research and develop biological and chemical weapons, there are no such strictures against personal augmentation via biological implants or gene therapy. As a result, it is not uncommon for mercenaries, professional soldiers, black-market deck jockeys and others in high-adrenaline work to seek such augmentation, often at enormous personal cost.