|KEM-PEI Read top to bottom
|Items from the Kempeitai, or Secret Police, are difficult
to find. The insignia is a Rising Sun badge, which is still
used by the modern Japanese police force. However,
this insignia was also used as a general symbol of
Japan (and is the main shape of one of the main
awards), so just the presence of a Police-style badge
does not mean that the cup is from the military police.
One must be able to read the kanji to figure out the
origins of the cup.
|Kempei armband (replica).
|Kempei collar badges.
|Kempei tokkuri. I have only seen one of
these. Inscribed 'Kempei, Corporal
|Kempei Academy Graduation Commemorative.
|Extremely rare TOKUKEM (Moral Police)
|Rare Police cup set dated March 1941.
I believe that even the local police were
run by the military, at least in spirit. From
the Kitamata Police Department, given for
|Rare naval Kempei-tai sake cup. Inscribed
'Retirement Commemorative, Kempei Special
Duty Sergeant-Major Nakagami'. In addition, a
kamon (family crest) is above the flags. Looks
like a tomoe crest.
Kempei Special Duty
|The placard reads 'Ueno Kempei Unit'.
|RIKUGUN KEMPEI GAKKOU
Army Kempei Academy