Bukosho is the rarest badge in Japan. All the
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Bukosho (popular name for Bukochosho)
was instituted by a Imperial edict on December 7, 1944. It was to be awarded only for
extremely high deeds of bravery in combat. It could be awarded to living men. There is an
important difference with the Order of the Golden
Kite: the Bukosho was to be awarded by the commander in the field, while the Order of
the Golden Kite required a long process (maybe two or three years) to be awarded. The
Golden Kite included a reward and could be awarded too for leadership, while the Bukosho
was exclusively for acts in combat. The Bukosho was an Army decoration, but at
less once was awarded to Navy airmen in the attacks against US warships in the Battle of
is unknow how many were awarded, as the list of them was burned at war's end to
prevent its fail into enemy hands. Many of Bukosho holders were airmen of the IJA who
tried to stop the overwhelming raids of the B-29's on Japan in the last year of war.