It previously used Yen, and later the New Yen, which became the worldwide standard currency for illegal jobs.
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Japan is featured as a technological, industrial, cultural and financial superpower in Gibson's works and contemporary scifi; ever since, Japanese elements consist one of the cyberpunk trope.s The reason is that Japan made an industrial boom during the later 20th century, exporting technological devices; contemporary science fiction, extrapolating this trend into the future, predicted that Japanese culture would dominate globalisation, displacing the US culture in this role.
Future Perfect, Gibson's article about Japanese history and Japan's relations with futurism.