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Japanese controlled transport companies (China)

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Manchokuo Marine Transport vessel flag

[Manchokuo transport vessels]
image by Jaume Ollé

The flag of Manchurian Transport Vessels is yellow with two black serrated lines. This is also according Flaggenbuch 1939. Adopted 22 October 1935.
Jaume Ollé 17 June 2000

[Marine Transport Flag]
image by Ivan Sache

Note: Flaggenbuch, 1939, [neu39] shows this flag having blue serrations. This is a reported error.


Manchurian Air Transport Co.

[Manchurian Air Transport Co. arms]
image by Jan Mertens, 19 February 2010

The Airline Timetable Images site presents the Manchurian Air Transport Co. aka Manchukuo National Airways - this page one shows an enlarged brochure showing the roundel in the national colours  and  the rudder flag or flag rudder!
Another link to a baggage (luggage) label page shows more flag motifs, including the company arms begging the question, was a company flag used alongside this flaggy shield?
More on this airline (1932-1945) here – it seems to have been more paramilitary than civilian. 
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo_National_Airways
Jan Mertens, 19 February 2010


South Manchuria Railway Company (1906-1945)

South Manchuria Railway Company
image by Jaume Ollé, 05 November 2009

The first Japanese penetration in Manchuria was through the railways of the region that after the Russian-Japanese war of 1905 fall in hands of Japan (Portsmouth Treaty). The South Manchurian Railway Co., a organization near under government control, was created in April 1908 and adopted this flag.
Jaume Ollé 17 June 2000

A white flag with a red logo in the center, reminding superimposed latin letters M and I. Or a winged I.
Jorge Candeias, 28 June 2006

The South Manchuria Railway was once a politically important company.

What interests me for the moment is the logo, which seems to be composed of the initial 'M' and the silhouette of a rail.

See: http://eaglewings-eyrie.com/YamatoHotelDairen-SouthManchuriaRailwayBk.JPG
Jan Mertens, 28 June 2006

I think in it is a stylized rail profile.
António Marints- Tuválkin, 28 June 2006

Its head office located in Dalian. The white flag charged with a track and letter M in red in the center.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 05 November 2009


Northern China Railway Company (1938-1945)

Central China Railway Company
image by Jaume Ollé, 05 November 2009

Northern China Railway Co. was created in 1938 and was under Japanese military control. The company adopted and used this flag.
Jaume Ollé 17 June 2000

White with a black logo centered, consisting of a thick ring and 4 bars coming from the ring's upper half and poiting to the fly (or the right, in case this logo has to stay like this in both sides of the flag).
Jorge Candeias, 28 June 2006

I guess this represents an winged (railroad) wheel. Not unlike the Soviet Union/Russia Transports Ministry emblem.
António Marints- Tuválkin, 28 June 2006

Its head office located in Beijing. The white flag charged with a circle and four horizontal lines in black.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 05 November 2009


Central China Railway Company (1939-1945)

Central China Railway Company
image by Jaume Ollé, 05 November 2009

Japan put the Railway of Central China under military Control. The Central China Railway Co was created April 1939 and adopted this flag.
Jaume Ollé 17 June 2000

White with a red logo centered.
Jorge Candeias, 28 June 2006

Its head office located in Shanghai. The white flag charged with a track and stylized kanji أو= central in red in the center.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 05 November 2009