Seafarer Relief Association
海員掖済会
This group, still in existence today, was established in Meiji 14 [1881] to
provide help for seamen. At that time, labor conditions were rather poor, and
this group helped seamen get educated, find housing, find health care, etc. It
also aided the families of members who died.

Presently, the group maintains the name but actually runs a series of
hospitals that are open to all. So really all that remains of its original duties is
health care. I am not sure if membership badges are still issued, but I
suspect they are not.

The badges shown here are probably all pre-WW2.

There are membership badges and merit badges. I am not aware of any
medals, but I wouldn't be surprised if they awarded medals, too.
Regular member's badge
Special Life member's badge (woman's version)
Special Life member's badge (man's version)
Imperial Seafarer Association member badge.
1st Class Merit Badge (gold gilt)
There appears to be both a gold and a silver
1st Class badge
2nd Class Merit Badge (silver)
2nd Class Merit medal with paulonia wood case.
1st Class Silver Merit medal.
Large document from the Imperial Japan Seafarer's Association.
Awarded to Hachiuma Kensuke on Taisho 8 [1919] November 17.
It appears that Mr Hachiuma, already a member, donated some money to
the group.

Hachiuma Kensuke was the head of the Hachiuma
zaibatsu in Kobe, which
established a number of banks, financial institutions, a railroad, and
Hachiuma Steamships Co., Ltd.
Large document from the Imperial Japan Seafarer's Association.
Awarded to Hachiuma Kensuke on Taisho 9 [1920] May 19.
This is the award document for the association's merit badge.

Hachiuma Kensuke was the head of the Hachiuma
zaibatsu in Kobe, which
established a number of banks, financial institutions, a railroad, and
Hachiuma Steamships Co., Ltd.
Japan Seafarer Relief Association medal. The style suggests an earlier, Meiji era manufacture.
Nice enamel and gold gilt. The case is not officially inscribed, but the depression inside almost exactly
fits the badge shape, so I am assuming this is the original case.
Diligent Service Badge.
Good Conduct Badge.