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MEDIA RELEASE – The Kempei, a novel by Richard M. Baker, Jr., is being released in e-book form 32 years after the author’s death, part of a rare collection of Baker’s newly edited manuscripts. The Tri-Screen Connection, LLC, publisher and distributor of the e-book, is providing the technology platform and online shopping website for The Kempei e-book.
The Kempei recounts with graphic and imaginative precision the seemingly obscured story of unconscionable crimes and atrocities by an aggressor nation bent on military conquest. Based on Japan’s occupation of Manchuria beginning in 1931, The Kempei unveils the deeply disturbing, dark side of imperial subjugation at the hands of Japan’s elite military police, the Kempeitai, and through the eyes and narrative conscience of eighteen-year-old Junichiro Inouye, the unintended, impassioned son of a Japanese rice farmer, forced as a Kempei recruit to rationalize sanctioned acts of brutality as the tenuous layers of human decency are systematically stripped away.
Uncensored, bold, unnerving, fascinating, The Kempei transports the reader beyond the scope of acceptable social and military conventions in a fictitious account of the horrific human toll of Imperial Japan’s unbridled, nationalistic terrorism.
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"A Japanese soldier does not allow himself to be captured unless powerless, badly wounded, or somehow taken alive. A captured Japanese soldier never speaks, but you are in my hands and I intend to make you, so the pain and torture will be real. And if you speak, your death will be real, here and now in this room."
"You men should be aware of your power as Kempei soldiers. While you may be among the lowest-ranked military policemen in the battalion you are still some of the most powerful men in the Empire with insignia that will provoke hatred, respect, and fear wherever you go."
"A young naked girl darted into the hallway, tearful and terrified, holding her crotch, full breasts badly bruised and belly red. Her pleading eyes looked past Inouye at the door beyond him. She tried to speak but Doi grabbed and abused her with his big hands as she screamed and struggled to pull free."
"They say before we search a bandit village old men and boys act as husbands to cover for the real, absent husbands. It should be obvious, even to stupid infantry troops, but many villages have escaped punishment with such tricks. Farmers, hell! Most of the farmers are bandits! Those back there must have been. We should have gone into the woods after their wives and children and killed them all."
"Why did the woman take the loss of her family so hard? Japanese, sure, but Manchus? Hurting them is like cutting a worm in two...both parts keep functioning as if nothing happened."
"Within two months of assuming command, Corporal Handa transformed the men of the Fourth Squad from ragged incompetents to methodical killers, and by the time summer patrol duty ended, no one in the First desired to serve under him - the best squad leader in the platoon in Hosono's estimation, but to the First a leader who treated his men like children, rarely allowing them to think for themselves."