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I.d. Japanese tunic please

Article about: Hello, I have just purchased this tunic on ebay for just 22. That seemed very cheap to me so I thought it was worth a shot. It looks to me like a 1930's type 5 cotton tunic, but my referenc

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    Hello, I have just purchased this tunic on ebay for just 22. That seemed very cheap to me so I thought it was worth a shot. It looks to me like a 1930's type 5 cotton tunic, but my reference book says these are unlined, (this example is lined) and the markings look non standard and I cant see a date, so I'm wondering what I have bought. It looks to have had the pre-war type shoulder insignia attached at some point. Could it be a private purchase tunic, or a civillian item? These are the sellers pictures as it has not yet arrived. Can any one help? Many thanks, Douglas
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    Default Re: I.d. Japanese tunic please

    Well, the jacket was made by

    洋服

    Tsutsui Yohfuku Ten

    Tsutsui Western Clothiers Shop
    [Tsutsui is alternately pronounced Susui in some families]

    電話七六0 番
    Telephone number 760
    I can't make out much of the handwritten script, but the last line (first on the left) reads:

    山田 ~太郎

    Yamada ....~taro
    The owner's name. Can't read all of his given name, but the "taro" implies he is the eldest son.

    Cheers!
    --Guy

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    Default Re: I.d. Japanese tunic please

    Ok, thank you. Can any one confirm that this is a military item?

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    Im reading Mike Hewitts book 'Uniforms and Equipment of the I.J.A. in WW2' and I am narrowing this down, I think it is either a Zaigo (military reservists) tunic or an army officers, as both of these had studs fitted to the collar of their tunics where as enlisted men did not. It would be great if anyone has any further information, as I need to know what insignia to put on it.

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