Tanaka was born a bastard to a U.S servicemen stationed in Kanagawa, Japan. He grew up hearing about his father as if he were some sort of superhero from his mother, unfortunately as he grew older, he learned the truth behind his father. The man was in fact an already married man; a member of the top brass stationed at Camp Zama who had gone into town drunk off his ass years ago taken advantage of his young naïve mother and maid off like a bandit the next day. Upon hearing that his mother was pregnant the man decided to pay her hush money in fear that if this got out it would ruin his reputation and marriage back home. In short, he wanted nothing to do with Tanaka or his mother, they were nothing but a blemish on his life, something to be removed or hidden away.
After finding out this information Tanaka started to spiral out of control, he became a truant, fell in with the wrong crowd, and eventually became an overall degenerate. It wasn’t till his late teens that his actions began to catch up with him, he and a couple of his friends decided to pick a fight a group of U.S servicemen in town. After the fight he was detained and approached by one of the other men in the fight. After a long conversation about his actions and the boy’s upbringing the man gave him some sage advice, “If you don’t wanna be burnt out by my age kid, do something productive with that anger.” And in the end Tanaka took that advice to heart, he decided that rather than lashing out at the world and his father, he should be doing something with that energy that would help prevent others from sharing in his experience due to the corruption of an oppressive foreign nation.
So, he went back to school, began learning all manners of forms of self-defense and martial arts, and vowed to help those in need in the most desperate of situations. Towards his mid to early 30s after working for years at all forms of odd jobs such as a mechanic, office worker, and even a police officer for a short period of time, Tanaka had saved up enough to pursue his dream. He reached out and signed on as a contractor for a private military company known as the Black Sun. Tanaka’s C.O and owner of the company Davis Brekker had appointed Tanaka as the acquisitions officer and primary overwatch for his unit (Bravo) within the company.
His first assignment as an acquisitions officer was to travel to a small European country off the coast of the Black Sea that had been making some splashes on the news in recent months known as Chernarus. Tanaka arrived in Chernarus on July 1st with the objectives of acquiring gear from an American arms dealer by the name of Alistair Sinclair in the city of Novigrad and acquire any information about the current situation between the Cherarussian people and the foreign and local military powers within the country. However, when the 24th rolled around things had already gone to shit within the country, forms of communication were limited if not entirely down, and civil unrest was growing by the day. There was also word that the arms dealer Sinclair’s cargo ship had been caught up in a major storm and had gone of course and was forced to crash somewhere along the coast.