Manchukuo Empire Foundation Commemorative Badge

On the occasion of the founding of the Manchukuo Empire, a wide variety of commemorative items were made. And on subsequent anniversaries, similar items were produced. These kinds of badges and other items were most likely put on sale at department stores. Here is a very nice enameled badge celebrating the 1st anniversary of Manchukuo.
Manchukuo Empire Foundation Commemorative Badge 
And a close-up of the obverse. You will notice that there are two branches around the enameled national flag. These are sorghum branches and buds, and this plant was used often on Manchukuo items. Although the official imperial crest is the orchid, the sorghum was used as a symbol of the nation, just as the cherry blossom is used as a symbol of Japan.
obverse

obverse

 And the reverse:
reverse

reverse

The inscription on the reverse reads ‘Manchukuo Empire, Daidou 2 [1933] March 1st, National Foundation 1-Year Anniversary Commemorative.’ The paulonia wood box lid has a gilt inscription that reads ‘Manchukuo Empire, National Foundation 1-Year Anniversary Commemorative.’ Here is a photo:
box lid

box lid

These kinds of badges were probably never worn even though there is a suspension ring. I think that their function was purely decorative, and I suspect that most people bought them as a gift for a friend.
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