Major Motoko Kusanagi is an assault-team leader for the Public Security Section 9 of "New Port City" in Japan.. It may have been made to look like Hong Kong.. but wasnt It was a made up coast city.. Batou had served in a military special forces unit and often states that he was a Ranger-trained soldier with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.. So he was "Originally" Japanese Motoko, in the manga, had a run of the mill, average body.. like a ford focus.. but with the internals customized.. Plus, The japanese are quite a xenophobic people.. come and visit, but don't stay.. even Koreans.. well there's always 47 Ronin.. with Keanu Reeves.. I remember watching Mission Impossible, the 60's series.. not the Tom "Im short but Awesome" Cruise ones.. for 3 years they had Lenord Nemoy as the group's "mask/actor" guy.. and in 1 episode.. they were in Japan.. and they had Nimoy as the "Asian" guy with a couple make up props.. Ha! (then there's you only live twice with Sean Connery getting make up to be an asian guy.. ugh) So, back in the 60's.. they didn't care.. they had the lead guy play a Central American general alot of times.. and he was blonde (pretty much grey) hair blue eyes..