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Police  警察  keisatsu ]

Japanese police kei-cars (日本の 警察の 自動車) nihon-n0-keisatsu-no jidōsha

Kei police cars have been used for many years, usually only for local policing.  They have also frequently appeared in the popular culture of Manga (漫画 / マンガ) comics/cartoons and Anime (アニメ) animation.  The term ‘minipato(ミニパト) is often used to describe a ‘mini patrol car’ by young people.

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(above) 1970 Subaru 360 (昭和45 スバル360)  Note: LHD !!

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1/55 scale Subaru 360 by TomicaRelated image (スバル360)

1/64 Mazda Carol 360 by TomicaRelated image (マツダ·キャロル)

1/56 Suzuki Alto by TomicaImage result for suzuki cervo police car (スズキ·アルト·パト)

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The Honda Today driven by Natsumi and Miyuki in taiho shicha uzo (逮捕 しちゃうぞ) in ‘You’re under arrest‘ !!

Famously, a Honda Motocompo is stored in the boot: Thumbnail for version as of 12:51, 10 April 2006


Fire Service  消防隊  shōbōtai ]

Fire Engine: 消防自動車 shōbō jidōsha

Kei fire engines exist, but I’ve never seen one in the flesh.  They are very good for accessing very tight spaces and are used by companies requiring their own service.

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A fully fledged kei fire engine similar to the above, has recently been put into service by Shibukawa City in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.  The kei based fire engine has been converted to carry a pumping unit capable of hosing out 900 litres of water per minute.  The conversion was carried out by a specialist fire appliance conversion company in Utsunomiya,  Tochigi Prefecture and is claimed by the city and the ‘Japan Fire Appliance Association‘ to be the very first kei truck-based fire appliance in Japan.  Kei trucks are sometimes used in support roles, but this is the first time one has been converted to be a fully-fledged water pumping appliance.  As it’s only 3.4 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, Shibukawa City fire department officials claim that it will increase protection for citizens and tourists in this spa resort town where the streets are too narrow for full-sized fire trucks to negotiate effectively.

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Ambulance  救急車  kyūkyūsha ]

Kei type ambulances are used on the remote islands of Hong Kong.  In Japan, stretcher bearers are used for local transportation, and specially adapted kei-vans are used for carrying wheel-chairs.

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And if you need an urgent telegram, it might come in one of these !!

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