The Occupied Japan Club, which is dedicated to sharing the knowledge and enjoyment of collecting Occupied Japan-marked items and its history, announces the retirement of
Florence Archambault of Newport, R.I., as its exceptional leader of more than 27 years. Members Shoko Tanaka and Kathy Gardner are assuming responsibility for producing and delivering the Club’s newsletter and serving its growing membership.
Future plans for the Club include regional and national conventions and launching a website. A Facebook page has already been launched [www.facebook.com/theoccupiedjapancollectors], where those interested in Occupied Japan can view interesting pieces and share pictures and details of their own items.
“Occupied Japan” marks appeared on virtually everything exported from Japan between September 1945 until April 1952. Research shows, however, that the marks weren’t mandated until February 1947 by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, who issued a memorandum to the Imperial Japanese Government ordering the use of the words “Made in Occupied Japan” or “Occupied Japan.” Author Lawrence Wonsch says the memorandum was “rescinded and made optional” in December 1949, but manufacturers continued the marks until 1952.
Shoko Tanaka is originally from Japan, but she has been living in the United States for the last 30 years. She has given Occupied Japan lectures at Japanese galleries and
universities; she has held two exhibitions in Japan with a third in Tokyo in May 2013. She will serve as editor of the quarterly newsletter and welcomes any input and information requests. She can be contacted at: Shoko Tanaka, 1312 Marina Circle, Marina, CA 95616 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Gardner has been collecting Occupied Japan for 27 years and will be assisting with writing and supplying the membership. She can be reached at: Kathy Gardner, 220 East Washington, Bluton, IN 46714 or email email@example.com.