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Historical Rank Blegging
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My WWII rank insignia project is coming along slowly but surely. I am having some trouble with Japan, however. Both the Japanese army and navy used identical rank names. When we translate Japanese rank names into English, we don't translate them so much as we simply substitute the American rank name for the appropriate service. For instance the O-4 grade in both the Imperial Navy and Imperial Army was called "Shosa" (or Sho-Sa). If we are talking about an army Shosa, we call him a "major", and a navy Shosa we call "lieutenant commander". I suspect that the word means neither one of these things, and I'd be interested to know what, exactly, those rank names mean.

Also, there is some confusion about whether a Navy Warrant Officer is more properly referred to as "Seito" or "Jun-I". I've seen both used, and have no idea which is correct. There is also a cadet rank that I cannot find the Japanese name for. Every source I've seen refers to it as "Cadet". I highly doubt that's what the Japanese called it, but I can't find out what the Japanese rank title was. I know the midshipman rank name, but not the cadet one.

If anyone out there can help me with this, I'd appreciate it if you'd drop a line into the comments.
 
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this site should give you a hand.
http://www.uniforminsignia.net/
 
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No. It doesn’t, actually. I’ve been aware of that site for a long time. They even asked me to be a contributor.

Unfortunately, they are on conflict with other sources, and they are, as it happens, certainly not canonical when it comes to Japanese ranks.
 
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