Books on
Japanese Medals
Here is a list of books about Japanese medals. There are other books on world
medals with sections on Japanese medals, but for the moment I am excluding these.
As for books in English, there appears to be only one on Japanese medals and one
on Japanese badges. The latter is titled
In the Name of a Living God: The
Non-Government Badges and Medals of Imperial Japan, Including Police, Fire
Brigade, Red Cross, Veteran, and Patriotic Groups
by Murphy and Ackley.

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This is the most comprehensive source in English.
Lots of basic information with B/W photos of most of
the medals. Some color plates, too.
Essential for the Japanese medal collector.
3rd Edition. Published in 2000.
A Manual of Medals, All about Honors by
Kawamura Kosho.
A basic introduction to Japanese medals. Some
color plates, but mostly text (Japanese text). If
you cannot read Japanese, this is not much use.
The information here has some interesting
points, and since it was written by a former
chairman of the official Japanese Award
Department, it is authoritative.
3rd Edition. Published in 1988.
An invaluable resource for the Japanese medal collector--even for those
who cannot read Japanese. This has color plates of all the post-2003
medals with their names in English as well as Japanese.

It also shows the rarest of rare medals, the Satsuma-Ryukyu medal. (Shown
with only a line drawing in Peterson's book.)

If you can read Japanese, it also has some nice tidbits of information, such
as the revised criteria for receiving the Medals of Honor. I'll try and include all
I can on the relevant web pages.

Published by Japanese Awards & Medals Department.
1st Edition. Published in 2007.
Medals by Togashi Junji.
Basic introduction to medals.
Nice color plates of Japanese and world
medals (mostly the former). Japanese text.
If you cannot read Japanese, you shouldn't
pay too much for this.
Published in 1972.
Secrets of Medals by Ohsono Tomokazu
A treatise on how people get medals as well
as various background stories.
Japanese text. If you cannot read Japanese,
this is worthless. No plates at all.
Published in 1999.
Japanese Medals, a 100-Year History by Date
Munekatsu.
A history of Japanese medals. Valuable
resource with lots of interesting details.
Japanese text. If you cannot read Japanese,
this is probably not worth buying.
B/W plates, but nothing to cheer about.
Published in 1979.
Orders and Merit Medals Dictionary.
Basic introduction to medals. Although it is called a
dictionary, it doesn't have the entry format.
A few color plates of Japanese medals.
Japanese text. If you cannot read Japanese, you
shouldn't pay too much for this.
Published in 19 .
Japanese Orders and Merit Medals Diagrams
B/W plates of Japanese orders and Merit Medals.
Japanese text consists of only basic descriptions of
the photos
Published in 1955 by the Awards and Medals
Department .
Japan Mint 100-Year History
Japanese text documenting the history of the Mint. A
wealth of info about coins, medals, and medallions,
but the text is in Japanese. Some interesting B/W
photos.
My edition was published in 1976.
A good English source for various badges of
pre-war Japan. Lots of color photos and clear
descriptions.
Decorations of Japan by Kinokuniya Books with
the cooperation of the Prime Minister's Office.
Excellent color plates. English translation
provided for the Japanese text. Published in
1965, right after the awarding of medals
resumed.
Over-sized. A bit unwieldy, but again, beautiful
pictures.
100 Years of the Japan Mint
Japanese text documenting the history of the
Mint. Interesting info about coins, medals, and
medallions, but the text is in Japanese. Some
interesting B/W photos.
My edition was published in 1965 by the
Japan Mint with the approval of the Ministry of
Finance. (NOTE: This is not the same book
as the one to the left with the similar name.)
Medals of Japan.
Superb edition that not only documents the orders
(as most every medal book does) but also the war
and commemorative medals (which most books
ignore). All the imperial ordinances authorizing the
medals are here as is a bit of information on the
different medals.
Published in 1964 by the Japan Communist Party .
Stories of Orders and Medals.
Excellent book with a lot of valuable information I
haven't found in other places. There is a pull-out
color plate of medals at the back, but they are the
same as you will find in many other publications.
The text is the important thing here, and if you
cannot read Japanese, you may not find this useful.
Published in 1942 by the Army Ministry.
[unknown title]
Nice color plates of hundreds of Chinese,
Japanese, and Manchukuo badges and medals.
The text is in Chinese, which is why I cannot read
the title, but the pictures are clear and interesting.
150 color pages.
Published in 2005
Coins, Medals and Tokens of the Philippines.
Excellent book with a lot of valuable information in
English. Although there are few Japanese-related
badges described, I have found these in no other
sources (excluding the Homma badge).
1st edition. Written by Aldo Basso.

Published in 1968 by Chenby Publishers.
Meiji Medals

I have yet to get a copy of this book. I suspect
it has a lot of valuable information.
NOW AVAILABLE! My 1st ebook on Japanese medals. I have been writing a book about
medals, but the size has gotten out of my control, so I've decided to split it up into smaller
chunks. The first ebook is an important one.
The title is:

The Imperial Ordinances for War and Commemorative Medals of
Japan and Manchukuo, 3rd Edition

All Japanese medal collectors will need this reference. Includes full translations of the
Imperial Ordinances for the nine War Medals (with only a partial translation of the 1874
War Medal), the twelve Commemorative Medals, and the six Manchukuo medals. The
ordinances specify the designs, the dates, the conditions of eligibility, and other essential
details.

The book is 69 pages and the cost is 550 yen. I will email you the file within 24 hours after
payment.

This is an ebook, NOT a paper book.
NOW AVAILABLE! My 2nd ebook on Japanese medals and badges.
The title is:

Imperial Japan Medals and Badges Book #2:
Order of Precedence, Rosettes &
Ryakuju, and Assorted Badges of
Japan and Manchukuo

The table of contents is as follows: Order of Precedence for Wearing Medals; Rosettes,
Service Ribbons, and Miniature Medals; Army NCO badge; Military Merit Badge; Army
Technical Skills Badge; Field Marshall's Badge; Aide-de-Camp Badge; Manchukuo Pilot
Badge; Local Administration Merit Badge (Manchukuo); Kouan [Hsingan] Province
Government Employee Badge  (Manchukuo); Merit Badge (Manchukuo); Aide-de-Camp badge
(Manchukuo); General's Badge (Manchukuo); Military Medals for Animals.

The book is 21 pages and the cost is 250 yen. I will email you the file within 24 hours after
payment.

This is an ebook, NOT a paper book.
NOW AVAILABLE! My 3rd ebook on Japanese medals.
The title is:
The Order of Culture and the Medals of Honor, 2nd Edition
The book is 35 pages and the cost is 290 yen. I will email you the file within 24 hours after payment.

This is an ebook, NOT a paper book.
Here are the 3 ebooks I have written on Japanese medals.
The Order of Culture
1993 edition. Lists all the recipients and
gives full details of their accomplishments.
60-Year History of the Medals of Honor
1941. Lists almost all the recipients and
gives details of their accomplishments.
Medals
Written by Nakabori Kazuo.
Mine is the 2nd edition; published in 1958.
History of Medals
Written by Naka Kaoru.
1st edition; published in 1976.
Japan Mint 80-Year History
Japanese text documenting the history of the Mint. A
wealth of info about coins, medals, and medallions.
Some interesting B/W photos.
Japan Mint 70-Year History
Japanese text documenting the history of the Mint. A
wealth of info about coins, medals, and medallions.
Some interesting B/W photos.
Japan Mint 90-Year History
Japanese text documenting the 10 years between
the
80-Year History volume and the present one.  A
wealth of info about coins, medals, and medallions.
Some interesting B/W photos.
History of Badges and the Badge Industry
Japanese text documenting the history of badges,
mostly in Japan. The early history of medals and
profiles of various people associated with badges
and medals is described. Published in 1966, but
not offered for sale. It was a private publication of
the Tokyo Badge Industry Federation.

Lots of information that I have just started to sift
through.
Thomas Kinder and the Japanese Imperial Mint, 1868-1875
by Roy Hanashiro
English text documenting the early history of the Mint. No direct
information on medals is included, but it is good background
for those interested in the orders. However, this book is
always expensive--and sorry to say, written rather ploddingly.

Published in 1999.
The World of Hinago Jitsuzou
Japanese text about the somewhat famous
Japanese sculptor. Hinago also designed badges
and medals, and the book has a lot of nice
photographs.
Meiji 35 [1903] publication. Details a large number (all of them?)
of Medal of Honor recipients from Meiji 15 [1882] to Meiji 30
[1900]. Photographs of many of the recipients and some line
drawings. Color plates of the 1st three Medals of Honor.
Unknown Facts about Medals
by Kurihara Toshio
Overview of Japanese medals. A few B/W photos, but nothing
special. Japanese text.

Published in 2011.
Thanks to Andrew Scoulas, I was made aware of this Russian book. According to Mr. Scoulas, it
covers Japanese awards from the Meiji era to the present, including the awards of the JDF.  The
only downside is that, while it covers the awards of the "puppet" states Manchukuo and Inner
Mongolia, it does not reference the awards of the annexed Korean Empire.

Japan:  A History in Awards (Япония:  История в Наградах; Yaponiya:  Istoriya v Nagradakh)

Author:  Oleg Nikolaevich Rozanov
Moscow

Publisher:  ROSSPEN (Russian Political Encyclopedia)
2001

128 pages with illustrations
3000 copies