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WWII Japanese Civilian First Census Medal

The award was created to recognize individuals who participated directly in the first national census. The medal was also given to personnel who assisted in the execution of the census.

Construction consists of 30 mm of dark bronze. The front of the medal shows the figure of a local official of the Taika era (645 A.D.) holding in his hand a scroll of a family register. The figure of the man is enclosed in a chrysantemum crest. The back of the medal has an inscription that reads "Taisho, 9th year, national census, commemorative medal, 10th month 1st day".

The medal is suspended with a leaf shaped grip and a bud-shaped ball, with a ring. The ribbon consists of 37 mm watered silk, with 2mm black edges and three equal stripes of the following colors: Purple, black, Purple.

Creation date: October 1, 1920 (according to imperial Edict #272)
Ammendments: 1944 (Edict #418)
Abolished: 1946 (Government ordinance #177)

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Many WWII Japanese medals are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going to our WWII Japanese Collectibles identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.


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