Police State and Social Control

Police State and Social Control

Map:Police State and Social Control
The duties of police officers during the Japan era include miscellaneous tasks, such as public security, household registration, health, promotion of agricultural techniques, mobilization for general cleaning and rent/tax payment reminders, and thus they were often referred to as “Police Sirs”. The police were empowered to exert significant control over people's lives, with assistance mainly coming from the Baojia system. The Office of the Governor-General assigned the leaders of local communities as the heads of the “Baos” and “Jias” (units of the local population based on households), and these helped to monitor society and control the local population.

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