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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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White enamel eight-pointed star composed of thirty-two narrow double-pointed rays, the vertical and horizontal rays gold-plated, the diagonal rays silver, surrounding a circular red glass cabochon, the whole representing the radiant rising sun, on green and mauve enamel swivel pauwlonia crest suspension with three leaves and three stems of three, five and three flowers; the reverse identical but with the suspension inscribed with four characters meaning ‘Order of Merit Decoration’; on original ribbon with hook and eye fittings. The Order of the Rising Sun was Japan’s first decoration, being instituted by Council of State Decree on 10 April 1875 in eight classes to reward both military and civilian merit, the class awarded depending upon the rank of the recipient. The Order is still awarded today and is Japan’s second most senior decoration. Insignia of the 4th, 5th and 6th classes were very similar and sometimes confused, so that in 1940 the intermediate arms of the 5th and 6th classes were shortened to give a less round and more pointed effect; this example dates from after that change.

 
Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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Order of the Rising Sun (旭日章 Kyokujitsu sho), V class, post-1940 issue
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