As Singapore disappears parts of Hong Kong and Shanghai are affected. Mikuni uses his ability ("Darkness") to protect Japan from the effects of Southeast Asian Financial District's collapse. In exchange for 20 years of Mikuni's future Masakaki allows the printing of a large quantity of Midas Money which is deposited into his account. Mikuni and his colleagues use the Midas Money to invest in failing institutions all over Japan. Artificially propping up failing banks and enterprises spares the Japanese economy but with that comes unintended consequences. Though the present is saved, the future of Japan is uncertain. People begin disappearing, poverty increases, birthrates decline, and morale is seen dropping all around.