Medals of Honor
褒章
page 2
Some more Medals of Honor pictures
Four bars. When a fifth was awarded, a single gold bar was
used to represent all five, but the original bar was still attached.
An illustration from a 1934 medal book.
You can see the gold bar here. Since four
bars are attached above the gold bar, this
person would have donated 9 times.
Rare Blue Ribbon Medal of Honor . Note that this is not the more common Dark Blue Ribbon medal.
Awarded for public service, either through donations or actions
The suspension bar has the date of the award: Showa 53 [1978] February 18.
The reverse has the name of the recipient: Gift to Ishikawa Soujirou.
RED
Year
Red
Ribbon
Green
Ribbon
Yellow
Ribbon
Purple
Ribbon
Blue
Ribbon
Total
Dark Blue
Ribbon
Grand
Total
up to
1945
273
761
--
--
1,323
2,357
8,060
10,417
1946
0
0
--
--
0
0
304
304
1947
0
0
--
--
1
1
263
264
1948
0
1
--
--
0
1
618
619
1949
0
0
--
--
0
0
236
236
1950
25
10
--
--
119
154
75
229
1951
45
11
--
--
98
154
129
283
1952
21
49
--
--
101
171
221
392
1953
100
33
--
--
97
230
158
388
1954
125
40
--
--
138
303
265
568
1955
37
0
398
52
412
899
367
1,266
1956
10
0
300
37
333
680
469
1,149
1957
13
0
362
44
365
784
1,026
1,810
1958
7
0
408
54
443
912
1,313
2,225
1959
12
0
412
48
540
1,012
1,850
2,862
1960
58
0
429
54
527
1,068
1,774
2,842
1961
1
0
460
59
636
1,156
2,447
3,603
1962
2
0
448
52
633
1,135
2,911
4,046
1963
1
0
485
54
672
1,212
4,488
5,700
1964
1
0
493
55
679
1,228
3,771
4,999
1965
4
0
529
56
631
1,220
5,903
7,123
1966
2
0
468
79
698
1,247
3,834
5,081
1967
4
0
429
84
693
1,210
816
2,026
1968
22
0
431
87
701
1,241
508
1,749
1969
2
0
430
73
711
1,216
577
1,793
1970
4
0
429
34
689
1,156
737
1,893
1971
2
0
446
122
816
1,386
798
2,184
1972
0
0
512
88
879
1,479
879
2,358
1973
4
0
486
87
902
1,479
1,053
2,532
1974
1
0
486
91
888
1,466
1,348
2,814
1975
4
0
500
91
919
1,514
2,424
3,938
1976
4
0
533
89
809
1,435
1,960
3,395
1977
5
0
539
58
839
1,441
2,209
3,650
1978
1
0
550
41
865
1,457
2,612
4,069
1979
0
0
549
29
936
1,514
3,097
4,611
1980
0
0
566
36
887
1,489
3,759
5,248
1981
3
0
560
51
937
1,551
5,007
6,558
1982
1
0
602
44
917
1,564
827
2,391
1983
2
0
619
54
910
1,585
500
2,085
1984
2
0
594
57
941
1,594
531
2,125
1985
0
0
609
51
1,042
1,702
532
2,234
1986
1
0
635
51
1,000
1,687
560
2,247
1987
0
0
629
54
1,012
1,695
540
2,235
1988
1
0
638
64
964
1,667
767
2,434
1989
0
0
621
62
949
1,632
754
2,386
1990
0
0
621
69
919
1,609
855
2,464
1991
0
0
625
65
885
1,575
754
2,329
1992
0
0
626
61
906
1,593
749
2,342
1993
0
0
596
68
885
1,549
749
2,298
TOTALS
800
905
20,053
2,405
32,247
56,410
76,384
132,794
Below are the yearly numbers of Medals of Honor awarded as of Heisei 5 [1993]. Note the paucity of awards
immediately post-war. The Dark Blue Ribbon medal is listed apart from the others because this was received
after donating a certain amount of money. The other Merit Medals are for notable service of different kinds.
In addition, it is worth mentioning that both the Yellow and the Purple Ribbon medals were established in
1955, so no number is listed in years prior to that.

Source:
Eiten no Shiori
This is an official publication of the Medals and Awards Association. It is given to those who have received an
Order or Medal of Honor . It was not offered for sale.

Although the colored chart looks a bit tacky, it's easier to identify the medals once you get deeper into the chart
and away from the headers.
Green medal with no
inscription on the bar or the
medal reverse. Dead stock?
Dark Navy Ribbon
Two bars
Yellow Ribbon
Blue Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon Medal of Honor. Awarded to Komiya Hideo.
Dated Heisei 11 [1999] April 29.
Two merit medals, both awarded to the same
person, Niijima Motoo.

One is the Light Blue Medal of Honor. It is dated
Showa 50 [1975] May 25. Niijima's name is
engraved on reverse and on the case someone has
attached a piece of paper with his name.

The second piece is sterling silver / gold-plated and
was awarded by the Minister of Justice. Niijima's
name is engraved on the reverse of this one, too.
The top line reads 'Probation Officer Special Merit
Medal.'
Very scarce Green Ribbon Medal of Honor from the Meiji era. Years may
pass before you can see this color of medal of honor from this era appear
on the market.

Dated Meiji 45 [1912] April 10. Awarded to a man named Horiuchi
Tamezaemon (1844-1933). This gentlemen was from Wakayama
Prefecture and was involved with sake and soy sauce production before
getting into the orange trade in Meiji 2 [1869]. He succeeded in importing
navel oranges as well as getting seedlings from Washington, D.C. He also
aided in rice cultivation and road improvement in his local area, so he was
awarded this medal.

For his diligence in improving the lives of common people (by making
nutritious oranges available to people) and his help in instructing farmers
how to grow crops, he received this medal.

If you can read Japanese, his achievements can be located on a number of
historical websites.
Search for his name 堀内為左衛門.

In addition, his name is recorded in my 1941 History of the Medals of Honor.