Japanese Title: 「動機ある者たち」 - 「Dōki aru Monotachi」
The DVD translates the title as 「Those With a Motive」
Kanji on Statue's Base Plaque: 私達に亜細亜い新たなる復興を誓って - 二００四年二月十八日 - 日本國政府 (Watashitachi ni Ajiai Aratanaru Fukkō o Chikatte - Nireireiyonnen, Nigatsu Jūhachika - Nihonkoku Seifu) - We Swear to Bring New Prosperity to Asia - 2004, February 18th - The Japanese Government. The kanji is written in the traditional way: Top to bottom and right to left. The kanji that have been crossed out at the left side of the plaque make up the word Nihonkoku or Japanese.
Kanji in News Report: 長崎 / 首相 招慰難民 "出島キャンプ" 視察 (Nagasaki / Shushō Shōi Nammin "Dejima Camp" Shisatsu) - Nagasaki / Prime Minister Tours Shōi Refugee District "Dejima Camp". The DVD translates the report as Prime Minster Tours Refugee District "Dejima Camp" in Nagasaki. The word Shōi means "Comforting Invitation".
Kanji on Envelope Above the Diamond Symbol: 難民解放機構 (Nammin Kaihō Kikō) - Refugee Liberation Organization.
As is mentioned by Ishikawa, the symbol for the Refugee Liberation Organization, which at first glance would mean Vengeance, Infinity, and Samurai, is supposed to be read as the symbol for the Individual Eleven. The kanji for Samurai, 士, is not actually what appears in the diamond shield. Kanji is traditionally written top to bottom, and, upon closer examination, there is a small space between the cross and the horizontal line below it. The final kanji, which at first glances seems to say Samurai, is actually two kanji, 十 and 一. The former character means jū or ten and the latter means ichi or one. These two kanji, jūichi, actually represent the number eleven.
On the left side of the screen, as the beginning of the screenplay moves up the page, the word Kyushu, one of the four main islands of Japan and where Nagasaki and Dejima are located, is spelled Kushu.
Dejima Camp: "Floating Industrial Island"
As stated in the screenplay in the title sequence, Dejima is a "floating industrial island". More on Dejima can be found in the third note here
According to the Oxford American Dictionary: Heald Colleges Edition, the word inductance, a form of the word induction, means, "logical reasoning that a general law exists because particular cases that seem to be examples of it exist." The word also means the, "production of an electric or magnetic state in an object by bringing an electrified or magnetic object close to but not touching it."
"It must be a hormonal thing.": Ghost in the Shell Movie/Manga
The Major's reply to Batou when they are tailing the Prime Minister in cloaked Tachikomas is an allusion to the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell. At the beginning of the movie, Batou asks the Major, "What's with all the noise in your brain today?" The English voice actress for Motoko replies that it, "[m]ust be a loose wire," but the Japanese seiyuu says that, "It's that time of the month." In "INDUCTANCE", the Japanese seiyū for Motoko does say that she is on her period.
To add, Motoko's response actually comes from Chapter 2, "SUPER SPARTAN", in the 1991 Ghost in the Shell manga by Shirō Masamune.
Japanese Nō Theatre
The Individual Eleven's terrorist talks for a bit about Nō Theatre (written in Japanese as
能楽堂 or Nōgakudō). This type of theatre was popular during Japan's Feudal times, and was indeed one of the only forms of entertainment that the Shōgun would allow.
The May 15th Incident (1932)
The assassination of the Prime Minister in Japan on May 15th, 1932, is an actual historical event. Dubbed the May 15th Incident
, created by intense Nationalism after the Manchuria Incident of 1931, Japanese Nationalism begin to grow exponentially until a plot was hatched by Naval and Army officers to assassinate Emperor Hirohito (known as Shōwa Tennō, 昭和天皇
, or Emperor Shōwa in Japan) and Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi (犬 養 毅)
. While the assassination of the Emperor failed, the Prime Minister was indeed killed. The army officers were brought to trial and all were locked up for 15 years. Their trial and eventual conviction led to a rise in Nationalism which eventually led to the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the attack on Pearl Harbor, which forced the United States into World War II.