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									             Request for Investigation of Lost Articles


The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (MHLW) conducts the investigations of the
original ownership of articles left behind by former members of the Japanese armed forces.


For articles which carry a Japanese name, upon referring to documents at the MHLW, verifying
the name of the original owner, and receiving verification from the existing next of kin through
prefectural authorities regarding the family’s wishes concerning the article, the MHLW will convey
the result of the investigation to the present owner of the article.


The investigation process is available only for inquiries requested with good intentions free from
the pursuit of monetary gain. In addition, it is open only to those who are willing to return the
article even if, due to family circumstances, the recipient name and other details cannot be
disclosed.


To proceed with the investigation, please fill out the form below and submit together with
photographs of the article (entire item and top/bottom, front/back views, etc.) to your regional
Embassy or Consulate of Japan.            Only photographs are accepted while the investigation is
underway, and if the actual item is shipped, it will be returned to the sender. At the conclusion of
the investigation, if the original owner has not been identified, or if it has been refused by the
identified party, the article will remain in the present owner’s possession.


*Please note: the article cannot be returned directly to the identified party, except in the cases
described below. For all other cases, if the original owner and next of kin have been identified, the
article will be returned through the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare via the appropriate
Embassy or Consulate.


As described in the Firearm and Sword Control Law, the return of articles such as military swords
and firearms will be made directly by the present owner to the identified party, after approval by
the relevant Prefectural Board of Education and Public Safety Commission.


1 Date of Request
       Month        Day      Year


2 Name of person making request


 Full Name                          (Relationship to original recipient)

 Current Address ( + zip code)

  Telephone Number                         FAX

 E-mail                                                   

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3 Articles (include number of items)


   Please describe the Article(s) below


     




4 The circumstances under which the article(s) was/were obtained


       Person who obtained the article(s)           (                                        )
       Relationship to self                         (                                       )


   Date/Time obtained                    (                 )・ unknown


   Place obtained                        (                 )・ unknown


   Method obtained                   Received from survivor ・ Obtained from person who died in war ・
                                    just found it ・ unknown
                                    Other(          )


Please provide any further information that might be helpful in this investigation (departure point for individual
who obtained article during war, etc.)


     




5 In the case the original owner is found, (please mark ○ for either (1) or (2))


     (1)    Do you intend to return the article(s), without any payment, if and when the relevant party (e.g. family
            of the deceased) wishes to receive it/them?


               ①    Yes, I intend to do so.
               ②    No, I do not intend to do so.


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     (2)   Do you intend to return the article(s) even if the relevant party (e.g. family of the deceased) does not
           wish to disclose their personal address to the requester?


              ① Yes, I intend to do so.
              ② No, I do not intend to do so.


*I The article cannot be returned directly to the identified party, except in the cases of firearms, swords and
      other weapons. For all other cases, if the original owner and next of kin have been identified, the
      article will be returned through the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare via the appropriate Embassy or
      Consulate.


*Ⅱ If you answered Q.5 as (1)-② and/or (2)-②, it is not possible to proceed with the investigation through
       the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.


6 Your address may be given to persons concerned with the investigation. Do you agree to this?


     (1)   Notifying relevant prefectural governments
               ①    Yes.
               ②    No.


     (2)   Notifying the family/next of kin of the deceased
               ① Yes.
               ② No.


7 The person currently in possession of the lost article(s):
    (Only note if different from the requester noted above)


  Full Name                               (Relationship to requester)                                                     

  Current Address (+ zip code)

   Telephone Number                         FAX

  E-mail

8 The person to whom the reply should be addressed:
    (Only note if different from the requester noted above)

  Full Name                               (Relationship to requester)

  Current Address (zip code)

   Telephone Number                         FAX

  E-mail


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I agree to the terms outlined in this document regarding the Investigation Procedures of Lost Articles by the
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

Signature: _________________________________________________

Print Name: ________________________________________________

Date: _______________________________




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