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Japanese postal flag

[Postal Service]
by Phil Nelson

Source: The Flag Bulletin, 189 September-October 1999

The red Hiragana character "Te" of Tegami meaning a "letter" on white field.

This flag is still in use in Japan for the flag of Department of Communications and hoisted in Japanese post offices throughout Japan.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 24 October 1999

Editorial Note: An additional flag is reported adopted in 1950, below, but not generally reported in use

[1950 Postal flag]
by Phil Nelson

Japanese postal flag, 1871-1884

[Postal flag, 1871-1884]
by Jaume Ollé

The old flag of Ministry of Postal Services was first used in 1871, officially adopted on 23 June 1884 and replaced with current flag on 28 March 1887.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 03 December 1999