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Star Trek from Japan
Names of Ships and Classes
- U.S.S. Yamato NCC-71807
The name from the battleship Yamato of course. Yamato appears in TNG twice. Its class is Galaxy-class as well as Enterprise-D, so this ship is one of the newest ships. But unfortunately, Yamato was destroyed affected virus in TNG No.37 "Contagion." The captain is Donald Varley who is the friend of Captain Picard.
- U.S.S. Kyushu NCC-65491
It is surprised. Why "Kyushu?" Encyclopedia notes "named for one of the four main islands of Japan." New Orleans-class. But this ship was destroyed also when Locutus attacked Earth ("The Best of Both Worlds, Part I and II") and one of the 39 destroyed ships in the "Battle of Wolf 359". The figure of the ship appeared in "graveyard" scene. Thanks to a visitor saw this page, Kyushu was mentioned by Lieutenant Commander Shelby with U.S.S. Melbourne and U.S.S. Tolstoy.
- U.S.S. Akagi NCC-62158
It seemed to named after Japanese warship. Thanks to a visitor saw this page, "Akagi" is large aircraft carrier of old Japanese imperial navy. And the activity is from early to medium term while World War II and a fleet flagship in Pearl Harbor. Destroyed in Midway naval battle. Akagi had fought against Enterprise of U.S. navy.
Starship Akagi is one of the ships made tachyon field to find cloaked Romulan ship in TNG No.101 "Redemption, Part II." According to Encyclopedia, the next ship is U.S.S. Hornet and Akagi fought Hornet in World War II in reality.
- U.S.S. Okinawa NCC-13958
I found this ship in The Star Trek Archive at the first. Okinawa is mentioned in DS9 No.83 "Homefront." The commander is Captain Leyton of the time. Banjamin Sisko served as first officer. Excelsior-class.
- U.S.S. Hokkaido Starfleet registry number unknown
This ship was also found in list of ships on The Star Trek Archive. It is likely to be listed is TNG Technical Manual. The ship is the last ship of Renaissance-class, and the only thing we know (unidentified.) The same class ships are former U.S.S. Hornet and U.S.S. Aries and so on.
- U.S.S. Hiroshima Starfleet registry number unknown
Found on The Star Trek Archive for a long time. Hiroshima listed on the new Encyclopedia. Its class is Stermrunner-class appeared in "First Contact" for the first time.
- U.S.S. Honshu NCC-60205
At last, Honshu appeared and the rest is only Shikoku. In DS9 sixth season No.135 "Waltz," the ship is mentioned in dialog. Nebula-class.
- U.S.S. Musashi Starfleet registry number unknown
It seemed to be named after battleship Musashi and a old country name means modern Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa. Mentioned in DS9 seventh season No.156 "Treachery, Faith, and the Great River." Class and figure are unknown.
- U.S.S. Yamaguchi NCC-26510
Ambassador-class starship is not in any dialog, nor in books such as Encyclopedia. But it seems a model for filming have the name "Yamaguchi," this ship is written as a destroyed ship in the Battle of Wolf 359 in, for example, Official Star Trek Site. It is good to think Yamaguchi is an Ambassador-class ship in DS9 "Emissary, Part I." (Related links: Model pictures on Utopia Planitia Starfleet Yards; Released model)
- U.S.S. Kongo NCC-1710
This starship is not in any dialog, nor in the official books as same as Yamaguchi. The class is Constitution-class as the original Enterprise. Its setting seems to exist since early days, for example, the manuals of model of the Enterprise contains discription or decal of Kongo. However,
may contain Kongo, therefore it maybe very close to canon (I cannot confirm by videos). Named for Japanese Battleship Kongo.
- In the prologue of TOS "Court Martial," a wall display of ships' repair schedule in Commodore Stone of Starbase 11
- In ST6 "The Undiscovered Country," one of displays in Enterprise-A
- Alson in ST6, a picture of "Operation Retrieve" showed by Colonel West in Federation President's office
- Kobayashi Maru
I reminded by a visitor saw this page. It's a Japanese name certainly.
Kobayashi Maru appeared in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Although, this ship is in "Kobayashi Maru Test [Scenario]" given to Starfleet cadets and no exists in reality. They must help transport ship Kobayashi Maru, but Klingon ship approaches. Cadets are tested judgment under the situation. But actually, this test's another name is "No Win Scenario" and they can not success. Except for one person....
In ST6 "The Undiscovered Country," McCoy despairs the worst situation saying "One day, one night, Kobayashi Maru" on the scene Kirk and McCoy go to sleep on Rura Penthe.
Another ship named "Maru" is "Shiku Maru" had contacted with Tamarians. Captain Silvestri (TNG No.102 "Darmok".)
- Akira-class starship
One of the new classes in appeared in "First Contact" for the first time. U.S.S. Thunderchild belongs to. The scale is the middle between Excelsior-class and Nebula-class. "Akira" is a Japanese animated film.
- (Other) Hideki-class Cardassian starship
Found in Star Trek Omnipedia. The number is a little, but some aliens have classes of ships such as Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans, Ferengi. Hideki-class is one of the classes of Cardassians (DS9 No.45 "Tribunal".) It seems to be named for not only Saijo, but also Dr. Hideki Yukawa, honorable Japanese Novel Physics Award winner (from Encyclopedia. Not related Hideki Tojo). But why Cardassians....
- Hikaru Sulu
This character is the first of "Star Trek from Japan," of course. Thanks to a visitor saw this page with Kobayashi Maru.
But Japanese watcher of original Star Trek on television maybe think s/he don't know a character named "Sulu." Actually, Sulu was the helm officer "Kato" in Japanese dubbing.
Sulu is Philippine and Japanese of mixed race by setting. And he meets "Sulu Akira," the ancestor of past five generations and great-great-great-great-grandfather, in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." But the scene was cut on the film (according to novelization.) Sulu used very and very old Japanese language this scene.
In "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," Sulu become captain of the Excelsior. He appeared as guest in the newest series Voyager. Played by George Takei.
His daughter, Demora Sulu, appeared in "Generations" as officer of Enterprise-B. Played by Jacqui Kim.
- Keiko O'Brien
She moved from TNG to DS9 with her husband, Miles O'Brien. She married on the Enterprise (No.85 "Data's Day",) gave birth (No.105 "Disaster",) and became a school teacher on DS9 (No.4 "A Man Alone".) Her maiden name is Keiko Ishikawa, and her father is Hiro Ishikawa. Miles seems a henpecked husband. Played by Rosalind Chao.
- Alyssa Ogawa
Nurse on the Enterprise-D. She often appeared as Beverly's assistant. Ogawa become lieutenant in the end of the series (TNG No.167 "Lower Decks".) And she appeared also in series finale "All Good Things...," the films "Generations" and "First Contact." Played by Patti Yasutake.
- Admiral Nakamura
Picard's senior officer. All right. He appeared in TNG No.35 "The Measure of a Man," and "All Good Things..." Played by Clyde Kusatsu.
- Jim Shimoda
An assistant chief engineer of the Enterprise-D (but only one appearance.) Shimoda affected by virus in TNG No.3 "The Naked Now." Played by Benjamin W.S. Lum.
- Yeoman Tamura
In Japanese dubbing the name is "Tamara" but she is a Japanese-like lady certainly. Tamura appeared as one of the landing party in TOS No.23 "A Taste of Armageddon." Played by Miko Mayama.
Old Japanese soldier. Nogami appeared in Voyager No.17 "The 37's." The reason Japanese soldier appears in Voyager, please watch the episode! Played by James Saito, but the name wasn't mentioned in dialog.
- Lieutenant Immamura
In TOS No.14 "The Galileo Seven," Immamura is one of the landing party to search the shuttlecraft "Galileo" landing on Taurus II. He injured by creature like gorilla. Mentioned only name. In Japanese dubbing, the name was "Ensign Smith."
- Admiral Heihachiro Nogura
Appeared in Scott's dialog in the first Star Trek film, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
Appeared in a not-very-popular-among-fan episode, TNG No.166 "Sub Rosa." The name of a "ghost." Although he is not a Japanese, the name is named after Japanese word "ronin." But it seems a coined word. Played by Duncan Regehr. Regehr played also Shakaar in DS9 No.70 "Shakaar," etc.
- Riker fight his father Kyle with anbo-jytsu in TNG No.40 "The Icarus Factor." Japanese kanji characters are on background. Thanks to a visitor saw this page, the word are Ataru, Ram, Urusai, Yatsura.... I know this anime.
And Kyle Riker developed Fuurinkazan battle strategies while he served in Tokyo Base.
- Tokyo is also spoken on the scene of Starfleet Command in ST4 "The Voyage Home." Other city affected by Probe is "Leningrad," did the name return from Sankt-Peterburg? (Of course, the reason is the movie was made before perestroika)
- Captain Picard has an artificial heart, because he was stick his heart while conflict with Nausicaans in his youth (TNG No.141 "Tapestry".) It's a familiar name.... Yes, this alien is named after "Nausicaa," the masterwork of Director Hayao Miyagazaki. Nausicaa is Greek goddess.
- To explain holodeck systems to Ligonians aboard Enterprise-D, Lieutenant Yar execute a program named "Aikido 1" (TNG No.4 "Code of Honor".) The program can make 3 enemies.
- And Yar did special training of Mishiama wristlock in preparation of athletic contest. Before she died at her post in TNG No.23 "Skin of Evil." Tasha ask for Worf to training in holodeck. Mishiama wristlock was translated as "new mastered technique" in Japanese dubbing.
- Sulu was affected by "Samurai" from under the ground in TOS No.17 "Shore Leave." But the Samurai wore skilts, something oddness. The scene was cut on Super Channel and its translation is "Sanzoku (means bushwhacker, cateran)."
- Shuttlecraft "Onizuka" appeared in TNG (No.50 "The Ensigns of Command," No.98 "The Mind's Eye".) Named after astronaut Onizuka died by space shuttle accident.
- A astronomy phenomena named Murasaki 312 appeared in TOS No.14 "The Galileo Seven." From "murasaki? (murasaki means purple in Japanese)." The color is not purple but green. Mentioned in TNG No.85 "Data's Day."
- A legendary baseball player, Buck Bokai, had been on the register in Seibu Lions. He was mentioned in TNG No.12 "The Big Goodbye," and appeared his name and figure in DS9 No.16 "If Wishes Were Horses." Bokai's record is listed on the baseball card in Sisko's collection, according to it, he played in Seibu in 2023 and 2024. And he was born in 1998, become a rookie in London Kings in 2015, and was in Kings when baseball extincts in Earth in 2042.
- Dax explains about her pattern as tattoo when she is back to past in DS9 No.57 "Past Tense, Part I." And she asked that it was made in Japan.
- A book named "The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion" has many information of TNG not listed on the Encyclopedia. Here are the excerpts based on the information from my visitor...
On a Riva's table that "assimilate the planet," makings imply "Kei" "Yuri." (No.31 "Loud as a Whisper")
On Iconian gateway, letters are wrote which means titles and characters of Japanese animation. (No.37 "Contagion")
In the list of all ships to Ficus Sector, ships are named "Urusei Yatsura" and "Tomobiki." (No.44 "Up the Long Ladder")
Official names of three planets in Braslota system is "Kei," "Yuri," and "Totoro." (No.47 "Peak Performance")
Tog's cipher cord is "Ke-i-, Yu-ri-...." (No.72 "Menage a Troi")
Everything is from Japanese animation.
- In a scene, Picard uses chopsticks. Of course, Keiko and O'Brien sometimes use.
- Keiko does Japanese brush writing (TNG No.112 "Violations".) Keiko's grandmother is good at it, and Keiko call her "obachan."
- Ferengi uses chopsticks, too.... (DS9 No.11 "The Nagus")
- Hayashi System appeared in TNG No. 68 "Tin Man." In Japanese dubbing, it was Dolman System.
- Romulans' guile, Klingons' traditionalism, Ferengi's economism are ... not concerned?
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