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Embassy of Japan
Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
[Area served: Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland]
Consulate-General / Consular Office of Japan
Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage
[Area served: Alaska]
Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta
[Area served: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia]
Consulate-General of Japan in Boston
[Area served: Connecticut (except zip codes beginning with 068 and 069), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont]
Consulate-General of Japan at Chicago
[Area served: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin]
Consulate-General of Japan at Denver
[Area served: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico]
Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit
[Area served: Michigan and Ohio]
Consulate-General of Japan in Hagatna
[Area served: Guam and Saipan]
Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu
[Area served: Hawaii]
Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
[Area served: Oklahoma and Texas]
Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles
[Area served: Arizona and Southern California (zip codes beginning 900 - 931 and 935)]
Consulate-General of Japan in Miami
[Area served: Florida]
Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville
[Area served: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee]
Consulate-General of Japan in New York
[Area served: Connecticut (zip codes beginning 068 and 069), Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and Virgin]
Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco
[Area served: Nevada and Northern California (zip codes beginning 932 and above, except 935)]
Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
[Area served: Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington]
Consular Office of Japan in Portland
[Area served: Oregon and Southern Idaho]
Consulate Office of Japan at Saipan
[Area served: Saipan]
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of the Government of Japan will attempt to locate the original bearer of a WWII artifact or surviving kin of the original bearer provided the party requesting the investigation agrees to tender the item to the Consulate General of Japan without demand for compensation, if and when the search is successfully completed. The procedure for the return of such artifacts is as follows:
1 Fax or mail the completed REQUEST FORM to Consulate General of Japan in Denver along with photos or photocopies of the artifact.
Any identifying markings should be enlarged and clearly legible. Complete details, including how and where the item was recovered, is crucial to the success of the investigation and should therefore be described in full on the REQUEST FORM.
World War II Artifacts Request Form(Word Document: 44KB)
In the absence of inscriptions indicating the name and address of the original bearer of the artifact or aforementioned details, it is virtually impossible to reach a conclusive outcome. Please be advised that photos and photocopies cannot be returned.
Consulate-General of Japan at Denver
1225 17th Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80202
2 The materials will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare for investigation, which can take several months or in some cases over a year.
3 You will be notified as soon as the investigation is conclusive, and asked to send or bring the artifact to the Consulate General of Japan.
The Consulate General of Japan will only receive the actual items at this stage of the process and only if the item has been traced back to its origin. Due to rigid legal codes, military swords must be sent directly from the individual requesting the investigation to the original bearer of the artifact or their surviving kin.
* The Consulate General of Japan at Denver can only accept requests from individuals residing within its geographic jurisdiction, which includes Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming.Those residing in other areas are asked to contact their regional Consulate office.
Should you have any further questions, please contact Consular Section at 303-534-1151.