子供保険パンフレット. [Kodomo hoken brochures]. [Children's Life Insurance Brochures]. DAIICHI CHŌHEI HOKEN, 第一徴兵保険他.
子供保険パンフレット. [Kodomo hoken brochures]. [Children's Life Insurance Brochures].
子供保険パンフレット. [Kodomo hoken brochures]. [Children's Life Insurance Brochures].

子供保険パンフレット. [Kodomo hoken brochures].
[Children's Life Insurance Brochures].

第一徴兵保険他. [Daiichi Chōhei Hoken and others]. (Circa 1940). Stock ID #170613

Charming group of seven pieces of Japanese insurance ephemera. Each of the six brochures and one booklet (18 pages) are very attractively presented with coloured covers, colour and black and white illustrations, charts, sizes vary from 15.5 x 9.5cm to 18.2 x 12.7cm. Occasional light foxing, all are in very good condition.

This is a very interesting and attractive collection of ephemera, published around 1940, relating to life insurance policies for Japanese families and children. Four of the brochures are insurance for conscription, two relate to life insurance, and one, the 18 page booklet, is on a family life insurance. Japanese life insurance policies for children were, and are, used as accumulative saving plans towards covering educational costs. Thus, when a policy matures, a lump sum is paid to a policy holder, so that the money can be used for schooling.

The conscription insurance was an unusual saving plan for Japanese boys before the Pacific War. All Japanese men were obliged to serve in the military and had to have physical assessment when they turned 20 years old. During peace time, only about 10 to 25% of them were actually conscripted, but during the Pacific War, the rate became much higher. The insurance policy could set its maturity age either at 18 or 20. The lump sum payouts were to be used for military service preparation, education or wedding.

The 18 page brochure on the family insurance was published by Nagoya Postal Agency as the Ministry of Post and Communication ran saving banks and insurance policies. It provides comprehensive information on the rates of return and services provided for policy holders.

Some insurance companies still running today, including the Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company whose brochure is in the collection, had their origins in the conscription insurance business.

When referring to this item please quote stockid 170613.

Price: $350.00 AU

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