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 Current Address ( + zip code) Telephone Number E-mail
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（Relationship to original recipient）
3 Articles (include number of items) Please describe the Article(s) below
The circumstances under which the article(s) was/were obtained Person who obtained the article(s) Relationship to self （ （ （ （ ） ）・unknown ）・unknown ）
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.)
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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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.
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 Current Address (+ zip code) Telephone Number E-mail 8 The person to whom the reply should be addressed: (Only note if different from the requester noted above) Full Name Current Address (zip code) Telephone Number E-mail FAX （Relationship to requester） FAX （Relationship to requester）
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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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