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Meadow

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#1 11 years ago

I'm sure other people have this question in their heads, too (or maybe I'm the only one who doesn't get it), so here goes: What was the system used to name weapons produced in Japan around the time of WWII? Type 38, Type 99, Type 100 etc... as much as I look I can see no correlation with anything. I read years ago that it was something to do with the current Emperor's reign... but I still don't get it.

Oh great minds of FH Fora, please, enlighten me!




JohnWalker

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#2 11 years ago

Well, the low numbers (type 30, type 44) based off the years since the first modern emperor, Meiji, took power, which he di in 1867. Then when he went out of power some other crazy system took over and gave us the 100, 99, etc.. I think, just think, that they started using Japanese years after Meiji died.




jumjum

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#3 11 years ago

I thought you meant their actual naming system, which I always figured had to include "chrysanthemum", "cherry blossom", "death" or "emperor". As in, Model 109, or "The Emperor's Cherry Blossom of Death".




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#4 11 years ago

All the Japanese stuff had a 'type ' designation. The number were the last two digits of the imperial year in which the item was introducted. The Zero for example is called the "Rei shiki kanjo sento-ki" which translates litterally to "Zero type Carrier Fighter-Aircraft". The zero stands for the imperial year 2600, which in our count equals 1940. (The A6M designation the Zero has comes from A for fighter, 6 for the 6th model and M for Mitsubishi.)

The Aichi Carrier Dive-Bomber for example is called the Kyuju kyu shiki kanjo bakugeki-ki", which translates to "99 Type Carrier Bomber-Aircraft", in which the 99 comes from 2599, or 1939.

Another counting system was also used and that was the number of years after the Meiji Restoration which occured in 1867. The Type 38 rifle uses the Meiji year. It was introduced 38 years after the Meiji Restoration in 1905. (The Meiji Restoration was the large change in Japans Social structure and the year 1867 is the year in which emperor Meiji ascended to the throne.)




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#5 11 years ago

What is up with Type 100 SMG and Type 100 Flamethrower then?




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#6 11 years ago
'LIGHTNING [NL;3843422'](Incredibly detailed answer which showed complete mastery of the subject)

That's right: let me embarrass myself with a little shuck and jive and then come in there behind me and expose me as a hopeless hack and failed comedian. Sheesh.




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#7 11 years ago

j_fin;3843441What is up with Type 100 SMG and Type 100 Flamethrower then?[/QUOTE] Same as Typ 0 I presume...

[QUOTE=jumjum;3843449]That's right: let me embarrass myself with a little shuck and jive and then come in there behind me and expose me as a hopeless hack and failed comedian. Sheesh.

:D




Meadow

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#8 11 years ago

Thanks guys. It's sad, I know, but that's a load off my mind.

And Jumjum, I found it funny.




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#9 11 years ago

As Lightning said its the calander year or the date of the Emperors period.

Emperor Meji ruled from 1868 to 1912

Showa period was from 1926 to 1989. Emperor Showa is also known as Emperor Hirohito.

Upon a Emperors death he is referred to as the Emperor of that period. In Japan The former Emperor is no longer referred to as Emperor Hirohito, he is now called Emperor Showa.




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#10 11 years ago

'LIGHTNING [NL;3843422']All the Japanese stuff had a 'type ' designation. The number were the last two digits of the imperial year in which the item was introducted. The Zero for example is called the "Rei shiki kanjo sento-ki" which translates litterally to "Zero type Carrier Fighter-Aircraft". The zero stands for the imperial year 2600, which in our count equals 1940. (The A6M designation the Zero has comes from A for fighter, 6 for the 6th model and M for Mitsubishi.)

The Aichi Carrier Dive-Bomber for example is called the Kyuju kyu shiki kanjo bakugeki-ki", which translates to "99 Type Carrier Bomber-Aircraft", in which the 99 comes from 2599, or 1939.

Another counting system was also used and that was the number of years after the Meiji Restoration which occured in 1867. The Type 38 rifle uses the Meiji year. It was introduced 38 years after the Meiji Restoration in 1905. (The Meiji Restoration was the large change in Japans Social structure and the year 1867 is the year in which emperor Meiji ascended to the throne.)[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Anlushac11;3847441]As Lightning said its the calander year or the date of the Emperors period.

Emperor Meji ruled from 1868 to 1912

Showa period was from 1926 to 1989. Emperor Showa is also known as Emperor Hirohito.

Upon a Emperors death he is referred to as the Emperor of that period. In Japan The former Emperor is no longer referred to as Emperor Hirohito, he is now called Emperor Showa.

No wonder they have one of the highest suicide rates in the world, trying to remember all that makes your head explode.




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