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What were the regulations for the Army civilian employees to carry swords?

Article about: What were the regulations for the Army civilian employees 軍属 to carry swords? Is it true that certain patterns were specifically designed for those people? Thanks!

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    Closer-ups of the tassels. Still too fuzzy.
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    Guy, your Takayama, if he was indeed Gunzoku and one of the various army equivalent ranks you mentioned, that means that he was a Souninkan Gunzoku , a lower grade Koutou-kan. And the Japanese caption on the Gunzoku group photo is all correct. His shoulder strap confirms him as Chokunin-kan, a general class, so he would be wearing army general's tassels. His arm patch would say whether he was first class (Lt. Gen) or second class (major Gen.). Gunzoku ranks were organized as follows in terms of insignia.
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    I don't think length is going to be as standardized as we first thought. I've laid out a few of mine and there is considerable differences, even from Russ's ones.

    Company grade: 54cm
    Field grade & Gunzuko & 1 Navy: 46cm
    3 Navy: 43cm

    In my case, my Gunzuko was longer than 3 of my Navy tassels, where Russ's were the other way around.
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    For whatever it's worth, here are the army officer sword tassel dimensions from the official announcement
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    Comparing the spec descriptions of army and navy tassels the army described the color as 茶色 (brown) whereas the navy described it as 濃茶色 dark brown. So the navy did intend theirs to be darker brown than the army's reddish brown color.

    If you end up having nothing to do, try counting the strands of thread that form the bushy end of the army tassels. Regardless of rank, it should have exactly 84 strands according to army regulations. 

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    See here for the Gunzoku rank patches worn on the right chest

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    Hi Nick,

    Is there any reference I can look at online that explains who were Sounin-kan? Any notable names? Roles?
    I can hardly find any information on Gunzoku.

    Thanks,

    Danger

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    In the military, those in the ranks of Lt to Col were Souninkan. See here 奏任官 - Wikipedia. Sorry, but I cannot help you with English references, as I don't use any.

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