The die-struck silver medal takes the form of an eight-pointed star whose points terminate in small circles, with even smaller circles marking the intersections of the edge lines, forming a stylized necklace. To the center is a raised, silver "mirror" against a pebbled background. Reverse features kanji characters impressed to it, translating to "Order of Merit Decoration." A perforated ball is to the top of the medal’s uppermost point, through which passes the ribbon’s suspension ring. Fed unto the ring is a 4cm wide, watered ribbon, in light blue, which has a vertical orange stripe on either edge. The ribbon is folded in a triangular fashion with a vertical alloy hook is to its top, which folds down and mates with an alloy eye sewn near the base of its reverse. The exterior of the black lacquered wooden case has a column of gold painted kanji characters to its cover. A hinged alloy closure device corresponding stud is to its forward edge, and a wide alloy hinge is along its rear edge. There is a modern identifying sticker to reverse.
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