Made in Occupied Japan ceramics were produced between 1945 and 1952. Some were copies of European ceramics and china. From shop VintagewithSoul. Noritake Gala Cuisine Freezer to Oven to Table Microwave Safe Dishwasher Safe Japan mark used since 1989. This is when decorative collectibles made by Japan for export to the United States were stamped with a mandatory Occupied Japan mark. From 1947 to current pieces are marked "Made in Japan" or "Japan". Marks should include the words "Occupied Japan" or "Made In Occupied Japan." In August 1949 the requirement was altered and ceramic exports could be marked “Made in Occupied Japan,” “Occupied Japan,” “Made in Japan” or simply “Japan.” That means that identical pieces can be marked differently. Many occupied Japan figurines were produced between 1947 and 1948, during the early years of the American occupation of Japan after WWII. Many of the items with the Occupied Japan mark were novelties made for dime stores. Occupied Japan figurines include copies of Victorian ceramic figures, Meissen, Royal Doulton, and Hummel. Most were marked "Japan". The marks are "Made in Occupied Japan" and "Occupied Japan". Noritake Ivory China mark. Noritake China N mark. Noritake Gala Cuisine mark. Noritake China M Made in Occupied Japan 1949 - 1950 mark. These can be quite common to collect. Although four different marks were used on cups and saucers during this time ("Japan," "Made in Japan," "Occupied Japan," and "Made in Occupied Japan"), only the last two marks guarantee the pieces were made in the Occupied Japan timeframe. After 1921 a lot of countries marked them either "Japan" or "Nippon". 5 out of 5 stars (436) 436 reviews $ 12.95. After WWII, from 1948 to 1952, Noritake China was marked in slightly differing ways, the most common marks used included ‘Occupied Japan’ or ‘Made in Occupied Japan’. Vintage Mini Toby Mug, Pirate, Made in Occupied Japan (with E. W. mark) VintagewithSoul. Noritake China N Japan used since 1953 mark. Consequently, the agency issued a directive to Japan stipulating that all goods prepared for export must carry the stamp or label “Made in Occupied Japan.” A second directive in 1949 stated that the goods could to be marked “Made in Occupied Japan,” “Made in Japan” or “Occupied Japan” and “Japan” where space was limited. Favorite Add to ONE Moriyana Blue Willow Grill Plate, Occupied Japan, Flow Blue 10 1/4" Heavy Divided Restaurant Ware, 4 … Look for marks under porcelain and china goods, or marked somewhere on other products like clocks. These Nippon marked pieces are highly desireable but collectors should be wary of faked Nippon marks on later pieces, particularly from the 1960’s. Irene Stitt in her book, "Japanese Ceramics of the Last 100 Years" states that some fakes were made from this period of lighter weight, hollow inside and marked in orange or black (probably referring to knick-knacks). 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