Recently I was consulted by a mate of mine if I knew what the item in the shown pictures is, and if I knew what the markings on the bottom mean. My mate thought it would be a Japanese fuze tin, but I cannot positively ID it as such. The Japanese fuze tins that I have are very different and I also don't really recognise the markings as being ordnance related, but...
I myself cannot read Japanese, and I have only learnt to recognise several of the more commonly encountered Japanese Kanji ideograms as they appear on Japanese ordnance and related items.
The markings come across to me as possibly being commemorative, though I do not spot a date in it. Note that the rotated picture is only included as the Kanji ideograms are better in focus than they are in the picture with the correct orientation.
The tin is shown next to a .50 blank for size comparison. It is then quite small.
Can anyone ID the tin for me and/or tell me what the Kanji on it means?
Thanks a lot in advance and with kind regards,