Re: "Made in Japan"

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Posted by Marc Kahn on June 13, 2002 at 03:21:26:

In Reply to: Re: "Made in Japan" posted by Dave Bull on June 13, 2002 at 01:15:37:

I have done a bit of research on the matter of "Made in Japan". Please refer to this web page for more information.

The McKinley Tariff Act, enacted by the USA in October 1890, dictated that goods imported into the US be marked with the country of origin. Starting in late 1890, goods from Japan were marked simply "Nippon" which is the Japanese name for their country. In 1914, the law was changed to require the words "Made in..." and so the marks became "Made in Nippon". In 1921, the law was further changed to require that the country name be stated in English, therefore "Made in Japan".

None of this should be relied upon for dating any particular piece. It's very possible that some manufacturers marked their goods as "Made in Japan" in advance of the legal requirement.

All of this was well in advance of the Smoot-Hawley Act.


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