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Japanese Trio of medals


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The ribbon bar is upside-down; the medals are in reverse order.

They are :

1. Order of the Sacred Treasure, probably 8th class (unless gilt, in which case 7th)

2. Showa Enthronement Medal

3. 2600th Anniversary Commemorative Medal

Emperor Hirohito (Showa was his reign name) was enthroned in 1928. The 2600th anniversary of Japan was celebrated in November 1940.

The Order of the Sacred Treasure is unique among Japanese medals in being on a tri-fold ribbon.

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Jeff beat me, too, but I threw in some extra detail.

So we know the what, but what about the who/why?

I don't know much about the criteria for various awards, but I would guess that this is a group to a lower-ranking civil servant (teacher, postman, clerk, etc.), with the two service medals giving us a rough timeframe (1920s-1940s). Would the Sacred Treasure be effectively a reward for long service, like a Prussian Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen or a Red Eagle?

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That's right, Jeff got in first on us both. What else is new.

I'd guess along with with your guesses. The low levels of Sacred Tresure were pretty much long service good-guy awards, as I understand them. Your scenario for the group works for me. A nice group, though so many prefer men in uniform over nice civilian groups.

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