At her own fifth birthday party, Asaki Yoshiharu collapsed on the side of a swimming pool at her home in Hiroshima, Japan. An ambulance rushed her to the hospital where she was put through a series of tests. The results were not good. Asaki was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called ependymoma, infecting the tissue in the 4th ventricle of her brain. Unfortunately the cancer had spread to her spine and, from there, her internal organs. Doctors gave her a 33% chance of surviving the treatment to remove the cancer.
Asaki’s parents were wealthy enough to afford the best oncologists available. She recovered remarkably well. After the surgery, doctors informed her parents that they had found anomalous tissues around Asaki’s spinal cord. According to the law, they were required to contact a man named Xiao Wu with a summary of their findings. Less than a week later, Commander Byron visited the Yoshiharu family at the hospital.
Asaki waited over eight years before attending Psion Beta headquarters, the longest waiting time of any Psion with no relations to a previously discovered Alpha or Beta. She entered Psion Beta at age 14. Asaki never felt as athletically gifted or talented as many of the other Betas. She struggled in the sims and in the Arena. She was more interested in the social aspects of life at headquarters. Through her work with Commander Byron, Asaki started to explore alternate career paths post-graduation. She developed an interest in public relations and the recruiting process. Byron encouraged her to explore these options and discuss them with her parents. In the summer of 2086, Asaki became very ill and was taken to NWGMC where tests showed her cancer had returned. On the day the CAG attacked Capitol Island, Asaki was at NWGMC for more testing.