Patriotic Youth Brigade
Badges
青年団章
Generally speaking, there is one national organization and a number of different local
branches. These groups currently focus on education and related issues. This
national group underwent a large number of re-organizations and mergers over the
years (from Meiji to the present), so a history would be rather complicated.

During the WW2 years, youths were given military training and participated in various
events both of military and non-military natures.

The badges shown below may or may not be related to the Youth Academies (Seinen
Gakkou 青年学校), which existed from 1935 to 1945 and were explicitly concerned
with preparing the young (from the age of 12 to 19) for war.

Many badges have the local branch emblems, city or prefecture emblems, and the
first kanji in the word 'youth' (青).
Merit Award

Eastern Union Patriotic Youth Brigade,
Showa 9 [1934] May
The design has a rim of cherry blossom branches and blooms. At
the top is an insignia for one of the Patriotic Youth Brigade groups.
Inscribed 'Secretary [or Manager].' I guess this was a group
official's badge.
The obverse has an imperial throne of some sort.
Inscribed 'Emperor Enthronement Celebration, [Viewing?]
Commemorative.' Perhaps this was given to those who were
chosen to attend the ceremonies.
The reverse: At the top is an insignia for one of the Patriotic Youth
Brigade groups.
Inscribed 'Tokyo, United Patriotic Youth Brigade Group, Showa 3
[1928] December 15th.'
Enameled Chinese 5-Striped flag on either side. The large black
kanji in the center is the Patriotic Youth Brigade abbreviation.
Bronze medal (5 cm diameter, fairly thick).
On the obverse the large center kanji reads 'Prize.' Imperial mums are in high relief.  
On the reverse: 'Youth Group Original Supplementary Works Exhibition, Showa 10 [1935]
February,
Hyogo Prefecture, Patriotic Youth Brigade allied with the Girls' Patriotic Youth
Brigade.'
Silver medal (6 cm diameter, very  thick).
On the obverse the large center kanji reads 'Prize.' Two figures, male and female, are on
either side. The shape in the center is the outline of
Hyogo Prefecture.  
Also inscribed 'Youth Group Original Supplementary Works Exhibition, Hyogo Prefecture,
Patriotic Youth Brigade allied with the Girls' Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
On the reverse: 'Imperial Year 2593 [1933], Showa 8 [1933] May 7.'
Silver medal (6 cm diameter, very  thick).
On the obverse the large center kanji reads 'Prize.' Two figures, male and female, are on
either side. The shape in the center is the outline of
Hyogo Prefecture.  
Also inscribed 'Youth Group Original Supplementary Works Exhibition, Hyogo Prefecture,
Patriotic Youth Brigade allied with the Girls' Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
On the reverse: 'Imperial Year 2591 [1931], Showa 6 [1931] February 22.'
Bronze medal (6 cm diameter, very  thick).
On the obverse the large center kanji reads 'Prize.' Two figures, male and female, are on
either side. The shape in the center is the outline of
Hyogo Prefecture.  
Also inscribed 'Youth Group Original Supplementary Works Exhibition, Hyogo Prefecture,
Patriotic Youth Brigade allied with the Girls' Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
On the reverse: 'Imperial Year 2592 [1932], Showa 7 [1932] February 28.'
Small enamel badge.
Inscribed 'Patriotic Youth Brigade Member Merit
Badge, Great Japan Federated Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
'Merit, Fuse 3rd Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
Fuse is a city in eastern Osaka.
'Patriotic Youth Brigade Commemorative Badge, Showa 12
[1937] China Incident Participation Commemorative, Fuse City
Patriotic Youth Brigade, 4th Unit.'
Fuse is a city in eastern Osaka.
'Patriotic Youth Brigade, Merit, Fuse Patriotic Youth Brigade,
4th Unit Support Association.'
Fuse is a city in eastern Osaka.
Patriotic Youth Brigade commendation badge
Enameled Patriotic Youth Brigade Athletic Meet belt buckle. Dated Showa 11 [1936].
Martial arts badge.
Inscribed 'Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures Patriotic Youth Brigade Martial
Arts Tournament, Showa 9 [1934] August 19.'
Inscribed '9th Tournament Participation Badge,
Imperial Year 2593 [1933] Great Japan Patriotic
Youth Brigade.'
Patriotic Youth Association badge dated 2600 [1940].
DESIGN: Golden Kite with imperial sacred mirror outline.
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2600 [1940] [HQ?] 20th
Anniversary Commemorative, [??] Federation, Patriotic
Youth Association, Participation Badge.'
'Patriotic Youth Organization {??] Commemorative Badge. Taisho 9 [1920] November, Osaka.'
Pre-war badge marked pure silver. Enamel inscription on obverse.
'Aichi Prefecture, Patriotic Youth Brigade Instruction Leader,
Superb Service Award.'
Inscribed 'Great Japan Federated Patriotic Youth Brigade, 13th
Annual Meeting Participation Badge, Imperial Year 2597 [1937].'
The reverse reads 'Participation Badge, Kansai Area Patriotic Youth
Brigade Federation, Athletic Meet, 1937.'
Imperial mum background along with an Army star. Inscribed 'Patriotic
Youth Brigade Instructor.'
Broken pin.
The inscription reads 'Merit, Niigata Prefecture
Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
'Merit Badge, Patriotic Youth Brigade 15th Anniversary of
Drills, Imperial Year 2600 [1940], Chiba Prefecture.'
Patriotic Youth Brigade cap badge?
The inscription reads 'Wakayama Prefecture Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
The reverse pin is missing.

The design has an imperial sacred mirror superimposed on a 3-legged crow.
Laurel branches below.
Nicely made badge from the Kyoto Patriotic Youth Association.
Dated Showa 10 [1935].
Inscribed 'Shuei Patriotic Brigade Association, 20th Anniversary,
Imperial Year 2599 [1939].'
Enamel national flag.

Measures about 4.5 cm by 3 cm.
Small enamel pin. Inscribed 'Educational Roll Call, Participation Badge. Showa 11
[1936] June. Osaka City Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
Small plastic (?) badge.
Inscribed 'Imperial Year 2600 [1940] [??] 20th Anniversary
Celebration. Great Japan Patriotic Youth Brigade.'
Measures about 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm.
'1st Miniature Cartridge Practice [also can be
translated as Subcalibre Firing] Shooting
Tournament, Commemorative, Showa 8 [1933]
November, Tokyo City Federated Patriotic Youth
Brigade.'
Sterling silver merit badge awarded by the
Ministry of Education.
Osaka Patriotic Youth Brigade Census
Worker ID badge. Dated Showa 13 [1938].
'Tsuruhashi 4th Patriotic Youth Brigade Commemorative Badge.
Imperial Year 2598 [1938].'
Measures about 4.5 cm by 4 cm.
Official Army Ministry award badge.
Inscribed 'Award. Youth Military Training
10th Anniversary Commemorative. Army
Ministry.'

The official military training began in 1926,
so this dates to 1935.

Thick, well-made.
Official Ministry of Education award badge.
Inscribed 'Merit Badge. Youth Military
Training. Ministry of Education.'

The official military training began in 1926,
so this dates between that year and 1945,
when the training was abolished.

Thick, well-made.