Why is it Marked Occupied Japan?
After World War II, Japan needed to rebuild their economy. Part of an agreement to allow exports out of their country, required them to mark 50% of their items with Occupied Japan or Made in Occupied Japan. This was only for the items being exported out of the country, not the ones being sold in Japan. They exported all sorts of items and the markings could be via paper or cloth label, engraved, handwritten or stamped. The time frame for these markings were between 1945 and 1952.
During the Occupied Japan time frame, the items Japan made were considered inferior to other items. However, Japan was a formidable force. There was plentiful quantities, however cheaply made. Japan was also able to mimic top names like Dresden. It may look like Dresden, but once turned over, you saw the Occupied Japan mark. The last 2 years, Japan exported almost 90% porcelain and china kitchenware.
Desirability of items made during this time period really relays on the Occupied Japan mark and the Made in Occupied Japan mark. Some serious collectors say that if it doesn't have the mark it's not Occupied Japan. However, with only 50% of the items required to be marked, there is a high probability of pieces not marked being Occupied Japan.
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