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Some medals of Okuma Shigenobu, 17th Prime Minister of Japan

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Used Pikasa (I have a Mac so the other software doesn't work) and was able to resize 1 photo. Then the function disappeared. Sheesh, it cant be this troublesome--it must be me.

Anyway, here's 1 picture. More coming, if possible.

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It would suit me better to upgrade my membership so I can post nice pics. Any advice on that? That shouldn't be very hard. I looked at my profile, etc., but couldn't see a quick way to do it.

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Rich, the maximum amount that you can add to your current uploading capacity is only 50kb.

The only way to do it quick is to buy Golden Subscription.

BTW, Super cool early 1st Class!

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The above piece was awarded on November 2, 1877. (EDITED because of mistaken date. See posts below.)

More coming later... To tempt you: Among others, Russian medals and a Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum!

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Hi Richard,

beautiful pieces of a very important staesman and educator. Are these orders exhibited in the Marquis Okuma memorial musuem in Saga? I still plan to visit it some day.

Only, are you sure the date you mentioned that Okuma received his order of the Rising Sun with Pauwlonia is correct? The Peerage of Japan lists him already with it in it's publication of 1912. You may be mistaken with Okuma's foreign minister during his second cabinet, Kato Takaaki. Kato received his Paulownia on July 14th 1916, after he resigned as foreign minister (I have his order and Pauwlonia document in my collection)

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Regarding the Constitution medal document, prime minister Ito Hirobumi must have gotten #1.

As a side note, Okuma's later foreign minister Kato Takaaki was in 1889 Okuma's secretary (gaimu daijin hishyokan) and he too got the Consitution medal, the award certificate numbered 477.


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