Monday, March 28, 1921: Made in Nippon

Monday, March 28, 1921: It is reported that the U.S. Department of the Treasury will no longer clear goods marked “Made in Nippon” among Japanese exports to the United States. The name of origin will be unified as “Made in Japan”. Until then, both “Nippon” and “Japan” were used for Japanese exports. The U.S. Customs authorities have notified us that the change will take effect on September 1.

The term “Made in Nippon” is unfamiliar to us today, but I was surprised to learn that at the time, there was quite a mix of “Made in Japan” and “Made in Nippon. However, I was surprised to find out that there was a lot of confusion between “Made in Japan” and “Made in Nippon” at that time. Just 100 years ago, the U.S. Customs, the largest export destination country, notified the Japanese government to unify the two terms. According to Dr. Yoshihiko Yamamoto’s paper, the ratio of exporting countries at that time was about 30% to the US, 20% to Europe, and 50% to other Asian countries.

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