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May 3, 1944 (Wednesday)

Heard mass, went to confession and communion at St. Sofia’s early this morning.

Keisatsu Renshūjo (Police Academy). At 2:00 p.m. we visited the Police Academy at Shiba-ku. This academy is training 1,700 policemen for the service, among whom are shõnen junsa or “under-age police-men” (apprentices) from 16 to 19 years old. The training lasts 2 months.

We visited the classrooms, dining hall, dormitories, etc., and saw the trainees drill with their short sabres and whistles and tying ropes. The superintendent of the academy personally took us around the premises and kindly answered our many questions regarding the police system in Japan. We were told that all police officers have to pass through the rank of ordinary policeman and gradually are promoted to higher ranks. Their salaries also depend on the length of service and on merit.