Exhibits Exhibit descriptions < Korean Registration Certificate Issued by Osaka Prefecture
Exhibit descriptions
The Nature of Japan’s Colonial Aggression as Reflected in Bank Notes
A Grandmother’s Handmade Mumyeongbe (Cotton Yarn)
Yogan: A Living Necessity
Memories: Sokbaji (Inner Trousers for the Hanbok)
Kyōwakai Membership Card
Report Card with Korean Name Erased
Tokyo Bombing Victim Certificate
Handmade Taegukgi(The Flag of Korea)
Korean Registration Certificate Issued by Osaka Prefecture
Discrimination and Antiforeignism in a Crime Prevention Poster
Kenkoku Gakkō of 60 Years Ago
The Hanshin Education Struggle
Zainichi Koreans and the Pachinko Industry
Bataya Slum Areas in the 1960s
Mun-sun Kim’s Petition Written in Blood
List of Brown Atoll “Honorable Suicides” & Free Korean Press
Towel Used in a Prison for War Criminals
List of Members in the Association for Zainichi Korean Disabled Veterans of the Former Japanese Imperial Army
Choi Seung-hee and Sohn Kee-chung
Propaganda film You and Me
The Joy-Bearing Kkot-Kama (Traditional Korean Marriage Bridal Sedan Chair)
Korean Tigers Taken to Japan

Korean Registration Certificate Issued by Osaka Prefecture

In November 1946, Osaka Prefecture set a national precedent by enacting the Osaka Registration Ordinance for Koreans, designed to control and manage Korean residents. The ordinance included restrictions on residence, travel, and commerce.

The carrying of this “Korean Registration Certificate” was made mandatory at all times. The card, which was seen as “the return of the Kyōwakai Membership Card,” gave rise to major protest and resistance. However, the protest movements were ultimately suppressed by Japanese authorities with the backing of the U.S. military.

Why was Osaka early to adopt this policy? The “ordinance” enacted in the Osaka region, where many Koreans lived, embodied the exclusionary intent of the Japanese authorities to continue their constant surveillance over the everyday lives and actions of Zainichi Koreans even after liberation.

This “Korean Registration Certificate” issued by Osaka is a valuable and historically significant artifact for thinking about the Alien Registration Act, which continues to this day.