Japanese Quarantine System

A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Quarantine System in Japan :

Quarantine Officers, Ship, Boat, Plane and MicroscopeIssued by Japan

Issued on Jul 14, 1979

Issued for : A postage stamp will be issued to commemorate the first one hundred years of Japan‘s quarantine system. There are now approximately 100 quarantine stations in Japan. In 1977, 6,500,000 persons, arriving via approximately 45,000 boats and 37,000 planes, were quarantined.

Design : Quarantine officers and a quarantine boat

Designer : Mr. Takao Yamanouchi

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 50 Yen

Printing Process : Photogravure

About : 

  • To commemorate the centenary of the quarantine system in Japan, a 50 yen commemorative postage stamp have been issued on July 14, 1979.
  • Quarantine is a system of regulations to prevent germs of contagious diseases from entering the country through shipping and aircraft.
  • The world-wide epidemic of cholera in the 1860’s did not spare Japan and many lives were lost in the catastrophe. The quarantine system was thus instituted with the enactment of the Regulations for the Prevention of Cholera at Ports in 1879.
  • This was followed by the enactment of the Port Quarantine Act, inclusion of aircraft in quarantine, quarantine of expatriates after the end of World War II and the enactment of the Quarantine Act of 1951.
  • In fiscal 1977, the quarantine service covered about 45,000 vessels, 37,000 aircraft with a total number of persons reaching 6,500,000 at 96 quarantine stations (including branches and agencies).

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