Manchukuo Empire:
Badges, page 1
The Manchukuo Empire lasted from 1932 to 1945. In that time a variety of groups with a variety of
purposes was formed. And in Japan the migration of so many people to Manchuria to start a better
life spawned a large propaganda effort by the government, which led to many pro-Manchukuo groups
being formed. As a result, you can find a lot of badges and pins with the Manchukuo flag and other
symbols associated with that empire.

Still, some of them are quite rare and prized by collectors.
The medal above is from the collection of Michael Quigley.
Thank you for the photos!
'Japan/Manchukuo/China Friendship Athletic Meet.
Koutoku 6 [1939]. Judge.'

This is from the collection of Michael Quigley.
Thank you for the photos!
Official Manchukuo government issue Merit Badge.
Established in 1937. Awarded for long meritorious military service.

OBVERSE: 'Manchukuo Defense Commemorative.'
REVERSE: 'Hinkou-shou, Hulan District [part of Harbin City], Officials and Private Sector United.'
It reads 'New East Asia Association, Full Member.'

Small. Diameter: about 2.3 cm
It reads 'Great Japan Academic Association. Railways, Commerce, Medicine. Tokyo, [Siping?].'

I am not sure what the second place name is, but it seems most likely to be one in Manchukuo.

Small. Diameter: about 2.3 cm
Watch fob. I am fairly certain this is a Manchukuo item because
of the sorghum branches around the Army star.
In the background is a vaguely familiar pagoda, some hills and
trees. To the center right are farmers or maybe grazing animals.

Below is a silvered train engine with E E E below. I do not know
the meaning of that.

The reverse is inscribed 'Showa 11 [1936]. Engine [??] Business
Commemorative.' I cannot make out the blurred (worn) kanji.
'Protect the Nation'
'Manchukuo Dispatch Commemorative. 6th Infantry, 7th Company Association. Showa 10 [1935].'
'Shibuya Branch. Patriotic Badge. Showa 8 [1933].'
'The Empire of Manchukuo. Merit Award Badge.
Koutoku 7 [1940]. Award from the General Affairs State Council.'
'Land Survey (Cadastre) Affairs Official. General Affairs State Council. [Land Affairs General Department?]'
Establishment of the Manchukuo Pilot Association
Commemorative Medal. Koutoku 3 [1936].
Rare Manchuria Railroad Independent Defense Unit
Commemorative Badges.

Note the differences between these similar badges. The most
striking difference is that on one the rifles are superimposed on
the railroad tie while the other has the opposite. Various smaller
variations in the flowers and leaves and spacing of the design
The reverses vary, too. The stamped
inscription is the same but the one to the
left has engraved characters that read
'Northern Border Defense Commemorative.
2595 [1935].'
Mukden City 2nd Class Merit Medal
Enamel Manchukuo Emperor orchid crest and rising sun.
Inscription on badge: 'Showa 10 [1935], Manchukuo Emperor Visit to Japan, Special Security
Forces Commemorative, Hyogo Prefecture.'
Manchukuo Emperor Enthronement Commemorative. Koutoku 1 [1934].'
Inscribed 'Discharge Commemorative, Koutoku 4 [1937] February, Ryuka Prefecture,
Kanmin.' Kanmin means both government and private sector.
Ryuka Prefecture no longer exists. The location is included in the present-day
Liaoning Province.
The box and badge inscriptions are identical: 'Imperial Year 2600 [1940]
Commemorative, Building a New Asia, Tokyo Support Association
Participation Badge, Tokyo City.'
The third flag is that of the Nanjin National Government (Wang-Ching
Wei's government 1940-45). The inscription in the yellow triangle reads
'Peace and Anti-Communism.'
The reverse of the badge reads 'Sponsored by the city of Tokyo.'
'Visit of the Imperial Manchukuo Emperor, Security
Commemorative Badge. Showa 10 [1935], April.'

Pin badge worn by the police force who supplied security when
Pu-Yi visited Japan. Note the design: a cherry blossom
superimposed on the imperial crest of Manchukuo, the orchid
Inscribed 'Beginning of Diplomatic Relations Commemorative.
Daidou 1 [1932] September 15. Showa 7 [1932] September 15.
'Award. Tianjin Incident Garrison
Commemorative. Tianjin Japanese Girls'
High School.'
'Protection of the Phone Lines Commemorative. Harbin City.
Independent Defense Unit .11th Division. 3rd Company.
The kanji read 'Manchuria/Mongolia.'

Although it is in the shape of a watch fob, it is too large and heavy for that.
Probably a small paperweight.

Inscribed 'Showa 14 [1939] Special National Census.
Kwantung Department.'

Kwantung Department was located in the capital of
Manchukuo (Shinkyou), in the Japanese embassy
there.  This government department was concerned
with both the Japanese military and civilians who had
moved to Manchukuo.

Inscribed 'Showa 2 [1927]  [Industry?] Census. Kwantung Agency.'

Kwantung Agency was established in 1919 along with the Kwantung Army.
It was originally located in Lushunkou District (formerly known as Port Arthur) until 1934, when it was re-organized
as the Kwantung department

Inscribed 'Manchuria Current Affairs Commemorative. Taisho 14 [1925]  December.
For Japanese Residents of
Inscribed '                    Commemorative, Koutoku 6 [1939] May 2. Gift from the Imperial Manchukuo
Peace Association.'