The procedure for the return of such artifacts is as follows. As stated in 3. below, please do not send the item to Embassy or Consulate General before the investigation is completed:
- Email, mail, or fax the completed REQUEST FORM to the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu 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, are crucial to the success of the investigation and should therefore be described in full on the REQUEST FORM. In the absence of inscriptions indicating the name and address of the original bearer of the artifact or aforementioned details, reaching a conclusive outcome will be highly unlikely. Please be advised that all photos and photocopies of the artifact(s) cannot be returned.
ATTENTION: WWII Artifacts
Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu
1742 Nuuanu Ave.
Honolulu HI, 96817
- The materials will be forwarded to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for investigation. Investigations typically take several months, but in some cases may take a year or more to complete.
- You will be notified as soon as the investigation is conclusive. You will then be asked to send or bring the artifact(s) to the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. The Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu 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 in Honolulu can only accept requests from individuals residing within its jurisdiction, which includes Hawaii/American Samoa. Those residing in other areas are asked to contact their regional Consulate office (http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/consulate-guide.html)
Should you have any further questions, please contact the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu by phone.
Request for Investigation of Lost Articles: WORD, PDF