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  1. I think just a badge given to representatives from one of the Japanese puppet states in China for a economic/commerce event hosted by the Japanese. I think a better translation for the front is Economic Mission to Japan. The kanji above that right under the flags looks like maybe 歓迎 (welcome/reception). 中華民國二十八年 is Republic of China calendar and equals 1939. The flag next to the Japanese one was being used by the Provisional Government of the Republic of China (1937-1940) and the Reformed Government of the Republic of China (1938-1940) at the time.
  2. Roughly speaking, the design of this rayon jacket is what you would find most commonly on DSA 68 dated jungle jackets (sleeve gussets, no loop in neck, one pen pocket, etc..). Late production poplin ERDL is the same I believe. And then the sleeve gusset is seen dropped on DSA 69. I think that’s gonna give you the best idea on when these are from.
  3. I don’t think these are from 1971. heres one I used to have.
  4. Really neat jacket I don’t think the UK or Can. size indicates foreign manufacture or anything like that. I searched online quick and found M51 field trouser shells with the UK or CAN size as well as a manufacturer on the label. And the manufacturer seems to have been in Massachusetts. NATO size started to to show up on tags not too long after this. I think the UK and Can size is just an early form of the same thing. From what I’ve noticed, besides the jungle jackets, the UK and CAN size seems to show up on stuff like outer wear or field jackets. UK and Canada of course have their own standard uniforms but if joint operations were going on and a foreign unit suddenly needed cold weather clothing for example, it often might be easier for the US to just supply it. I think that was the idea. The jungle jackets are similar in the sense they are for a specialized climate, in this case hot climate. At least that’s my guess.
  5. Never mind, I was wrong. The Japanese Wikipedia page says the 八幡市 in Kyoto Prefecture was established in its current form in 1964. So perhaps the flag is from the one in Fukuoka Prefecture, in which case it is more historical. It’s possible there were other cities in Japan with that name though. Many places in Japan use the same Kanji in their names, although usually not 2 cities at the same time. However, someone else may be able to confirm if that was the only place with the designation of city (市) and the name 八幡 during that timeframe.
  6. Yeah. It’s a cool flag. I’m learning a lot just looking up info on it. I originally said it was from a city in Kyoto Prefecture but I just found there was another city using the kanji 八幡市、this one using the reading Yahata-shi. This one was located in Fukuoka Prefecture but disappeared in 1963 after it was absorbed into Kitakyūshū city. This one was firebombed and has some interesting history related to the Nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Yawata I don’t think you will ever be able to tell exactly which city it came from though.
  7. It looks like there were around 15,000 branches or sub-divisions of the association from its headquarters in Tokyo on down to the lowest levels. That could maybe give you an idea of rarity. I have no idea of the value of Japanese militaria, but if you like it I think $130 sounds pretty reasonable. Here is a video and you can this style of flag in use. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zYkAeUMNsVI
  8. Some pictures of other flags from google. Some branches were only for The Navy. This one is marked for a navy branch. But it is also has the sun centered.
  9. I believe it says: 帝國佐鄕軍人會 八幡市役所分會 In modern Japanese: 帝国在郷軍人会 teikoku zaigō gunjinkai Imperial Veterans Association (something like that). 八幡市役所分会 yawata-shi yakusho bunkai Yawata City Hall Branch (In Kyoto prefecture) This is their official association flag it seems. The insignia in the corner is that of the association. It combines symbols of the Army and Navy. Reading online in Japanese it says it was formed in 1910 for the Army but expanded to include the Navy in 1914. It gained increased importance through the 30s and reached around 3 million members. After 1936 it was under the supervision of the Ministry of the Army and Ministry of the Navy. Appears to basically of been for people separated from active duty before World War 2. Members could still be in the reserves or in some other role. Appears to of been involved in the typical Veteran organization things as well as promoting militarism, providing preparatory training, helping prepare for mobilization of troops, as well as maintaining order in the community.
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