1940 Japan Summer Olympics badge or medal

In 1940 the Summer Olympics were scheduled to be held in Tokyo, but the world crises caused it to be canceled. Japan wanted to bolster national spirit and also give their athletes a chance to compete, so they established the Celebratory Imperial Year 2600 East Asia Athletic Meet in Tokyo. Allegedly, many athletes from Asia were invited. However, I haven’t found much detailed information about it yet. I have found three badges, though, and these are shown below.

These badges were not the award medals, though. It appears they were worn by athletes or perhaps officials as ID badges.

Note that the color of the numbers and borders differ. This may indicate a category of official or athlete.

The first one is boxed with attached ribbon. The box is inscribed ‘Imperial Year 2600 [1940] Celebration, East Asia Athletic Meet, Officer’s Badge.’

1940 summer olympics japan badge medal

The badge itself:  ‘Imperial Year 2600 [1940] Celebration, East Asia Athletic Meet.’
The ribbon has the kanji for basketball (籠球 
Roukyuu).

Two more badges, but the ribbons and boxes have been lost. The badges are identical except for the colors of the border and numbers.

1940 summer olympics japan badge medal

japan 1940 olympics summer badge medal

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