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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:57 am    Post subject: Raid on swords society turns up 400 illegal samurai weapons Reply with quote
From the Japan Times:

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Tokyo police raided the Society for Preservation of Japanese Art Swords and three other locations Wednesday on suspicion of illegally possessing some 400 unregistered samurai swords, police said.

The society voluntarily submitted the swords, excluding severely damaged ones, after finding 592 mostly rusty swords without registration cards in February and March 2009. The society, under control of the Cultural Affairs Agency, was created in 1948 to preserve Japanese swords as cultural properties after Allied Occupation forces confiscated swords following the end of World War II. It appraises swords, gives guidance on traditional sword-making and runs a sword museum.

Under the Sword and Firearm Control Law, owners are required to have their swords registered as art objects at prefectural boards of education.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Wha-huh??

As in NBTHK? They raided NBTHK looking for swords? I thought that was the group that was supposed to be in charge of such things--does anyone have further information on what is going on?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Josh, don't worry.

The whole matter is older than one year and those
swords are known by the end of the WWII.

The society took them to try to find the original
owners in mid-'50s. Evidently with little success.

Scroll down here :

http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8578&p=70727#p70727
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Much more reasonable. So it is an official visit to figure out what to do with a bunch of unpapered swords; as long as they weren't being deliberately hidden, I'd be surprised if there was much in the way of problems.
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