Near MINT condition overall World War II Japanese Military Order of the Rising Sun 8th Class medal in near mint original lacquered case.
In silver, measuring 31 mm (w) x 28.5 mm (h), on its original ribbon with hook and eye, very light minimal contact, near extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, balsa wood frame, black lacquer finish, gilt characters on the lid, recessed medal bed, no wear and chipping evident on the black lacquer finish, case fine.
The Order of the Rising Sun is a Japanese order established in 1875 by Emperor Meiji of Japan. The Order was the first national decoration awarded by the Japanese government created on April 10, 1875 by decree of the Council of State. The badge features rays of sunlight from the rising sun. The design of the Rising Sun symbolizes energy as powerful as the rising sun in parallel with the “”rising sun”” concept of Japan (Land of the Rising Sun). The order was awarded to those who made distinguished achievements in the following fields: international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, advancements in their field, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. Prior to the end of the Second World War, it was also awarded for exemplary military service.