Sumitomo wants to use Kepulauan Lingga as its site for its space elevator. Currently the island is claimed as part of Indonesia which is unwilling to give the corporate tax breaks and immunity that Sumitomo desires. As international negotiations grind to a halt and the other space elevator projects break ground, Sumitomo decides it must quickly resolve the issue.
How did Japan gain control over Kepulauan Island for Sumitomo?
Freedom fighters seize control of the island from Indonesia, and declare allegiance to the state of Singapore — which is already controlled by Japan.