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  1. TITLE: World Medals Illustrated Reference Book AUTHOR: Nakahori Kazuo DATE OF PUB: (1st printing) November 20, 1963 Cheers, Rich
  2. Very nice, Paul. One question about the recipients, though. Were only the dispatched soldiers eligible for awards? That is, did other people associated but not dispatched with this deployment get the medal? You know, commanders stationed in Japan, wealthy civilians who may have donated funds, etc. Now that I ask that question, where can we find that kind of information about any of the war or commemorative medals? Were the qualifications stipulated in the Imperial Edicts that established the medals? Sorry, I thought I would only ask one question... Cheers, Rich
  3. First off, it is a paperweight. Second, Dieter3 got most of the kanji, and I'll supply the rest: "Teishin Association, 25th Foundation Anniversary, Celebration Commemorative, Showa 8 [1933] May 5." This group is still active. It is a government NPO under the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Here is the website: http://www.teishin.net/ Cheers, Rich
  4. Just my thoughts here-- The association 'Japan Manchuria Friendship Association' was a fairly well-known propaganda-type group probably financed by Japan. I am not sure... A quick glance over the web shows that the group sponsored soccer matches, calligraphy tournaments, etc., all in an effort to show how friendly the two nations were. The Manchukuo Film Studio even produced a propaganda film with that name. The badge in question is not exactly common, but $1000? Who paid that enormous price? I have had three of these myself and I remember selling the second one for $99 on ebay about two yea
  5. Yes, this high number is a bit puzzling... One easy way out is to blame it on human error, i.e., that the ten (十) was added out of carelessness. That would chop off 100,000... But I guess that is too simple.
  6. As a follow-up, I should clarify one point. According to the Japanese books I have read, commemorative and war medals cannot be re-issued. But these were post-WW2 books, so perhaps there was a pre-war system of re-issuing those medals if they were lost or stolen. Cheers, Rich
  7. Paul, sorry to say (?), the first number is correct. I have attached a picture of the full document. Is it possible that perhaps it is a re-issue? That is, the soldier got it on the date listed, lost it, and had another one (with a higher number) awarded to him. I know that the government did re-issue orders (at the expense of the individual who requested it), so maybe commemorative and war medals could be re-issued, too. Rich
  8. Thanks, Paul. I'll have to get access to the Imperial edicts, too. I think they may be online somewhere. The two roll numbers are 193132 and 54877. Cheers, Rich
  9. Hello all. Hope I can get some help on this question. According to Peterson, the WW1 Victory medal was established on 9/17 1920. However, I have found some WW1 Victory medal award documents that are dated Taisho 8 [1919] December 15. Others are dated Taisho 9 [1920] November 1. Did Peterson get this date right? Or perhaps the Imperial Edict was merely the final formal announcement of a medal that had already been established and awarded. Any ideas? I've attached a couple of pictures of the 1919 documents. Cheers, Rich
  10. Hello, I'm not an expert here so I do not know the finer points of when ribbon bars, etc., were issued, but a 'complete' assembly of a medal and its parts may be the following: 1. Medal & case 2. Award document 3. Ribbon bar 4. Rosette And the following may be added to enhance the medal: 5. Paper wrap (issued for many if not all of the medals and orders--at least the lower classes of orders) 6. Money award documents (when applicable, some medals and orders came with a stipend and some with a pension enhancement) 7. Other documents, for example: 7a. Smaller sized (but offically issu
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    A rough translation. OBVERSE: National Foundation of Israel, 25th Anniversary, Celebration Festival, Appearance (Participation) Commemorative REVERSE: International Folk Art Festival, Japan Group Member Committee Cheers, Rich
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