Like Nippon, Occupied Japanese objects are increasingly growing in value and collectibles, and more dealers are scrambling to provide these items to their buyers. Identification is simple of course the trademark is self explanatory “Made in Occupied Japan” or “Occupied Japan.” Do not be put off by Westernized motifs and design the Japanese were after all in a state of national transition marking the beginning of their conversion to Westernized ideals, style of living and retaining their rich heritage.
Why Occupied Japan Mark Is Used
August 14, 1945, when Emperor Hirohito accepted the stipulations of the Potsdam Declaration (can be found at en.wikisource.org/wiki/Potsdam_Agreement). It was V-J Day, the end of World War II, and the beginning of an extensive resurgence for a shattered Japan and years later a sought after collectibles representing Japanese exported items made after World War II 1945 to 1952, when Japan was “occupied” by a foreign country for the first time in history. The term “occupied” was essential to Japanese economic resurgence, because of hostile mind-set toward the Eastern nation stayed elevated for many years following the war; some people absolutely refused to purchase anything with “Made in Japan” as its trademark. Believing that American dollars could not go to a more unworthy cause than to support a country responsible for economic, personal, and political worldwide cataclysm. Since Japanese exports retained such superior craftsmanship, beauty and aesthetic symmetry despite the scarcity of materials and manpower, the trademark “Occupied Japan” assured consumers, that they were in no way contributing their hard earned dollars to the ominous powers of the pre-war era.
There are many opinions and feeling about our pre-war and post-war history, but the fact is history cannot be rewritten we can only learn from mistakes of the past and move forward, hopefully in a positive manner. I was apprehensive on even writing this guide but decided that hiding or not mentioning a fact in history does not make it go away or change the past.
Written by Annette Nolan of AnnEpiphany of Wisconsin
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