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日本語: 菊花紋章
Dansk: Japans kejserlige våbenskjold
Deutsch: Kaiserliches Siegel Japans
English: Imperial Seal of Japan: the Chrysanthemum is the public symbol of the Emperor of Japan since the twelfth century. The 16-petal symbol is now used in the public businesses of the Japanese government. It was codified in Japanese law by Imperial decree in 1926.
Español: Sello imperial de Japón
Français : Sceau impérial du Japon
Magyar: Japán címere
Italiano: Stemma imperiale del Giappone
한국어: 菊花 紋章 / 국화 문장
Bân-lâm-gú: 菊花紋章, 日本國徽 / Kiok-á bûn-chiong, Ji̍t-pún kok-hui
Монгол: Япон эзэн хааны сүлд
Português: Selo Imperial do Japão
Русский: Императорская печать Японии
Slovenščina: Državni grb Japonske
Українська: Емблема Імператора Японії
Tiếng Việt: 國徽 日本 / Quốc huy Nhật Bản
Vahcuengh: 日本國徽 / Nditbonj gozveih
中文(简体)‎: 菊花纹章, 日本国徽
中文(繁體)‎: 菊花紋章, 日本國徽
Date 7 January 2006
Source Inspired by File:Japan coa kiku.png
Author User:Philip Nilsson
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  1. Griffis, William Elliot (1876) "Sūjin, the Civilizer" in The Mikado's Empire, New York, United States: Harper & Brothers, pp. p. 66 Retrieved on 17 January 2010.
  2. Dalby, Liza (2007) "Paulownia Blooms" in East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir Through the Seasons, California, United States: University of California Press, pp. p. 51 Retrieved on 17 January 2010. ISBN: 978-0-520-25053.
  3. 皇室儀制令(1926〔大正15〕年皇室令第7号) (in Japanese). Retrieved on 2011-01-17.

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