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This family registration form is part of the Japanese vital records (koseki) system based upon local rather than central registration. In Japan, all births, marriages and deaths must be registered at, or supplied to, the appropriate local government office in the home town of the family, quite regardless of where its branch members may reside. Until 1920, when a central records office was added to the system, all Japanese census statistics were gathered from local records. The system dates back to at least the 7th century and it is extremely efficient; Japanese vital statistics are considered to be unusually precise.
This book dates back to the time of the Second World War and the immediate postwar period when food was scarce and rice was rationed. A ration card was issued to every household. Today, although rice is still officially rationed, supplies are abundant and ration cards are no longer required. In some cases they are kept and used as an identification card.
The contents of this site are excerpted from THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF TIME CAPSULE EXPO'70(March 1975). Please note that company and organization names may differ from those of the current ones.
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