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After seeing a picture on Donald Trump's Twitter featuring Shinzo Abe and then visiting the Wikipedia page about Shinzo Abe, I noticed in the two pictures he's wearing the same two badges on his suit jacket.

I can see that the golden/yellow badge is clearly a chrysanthemum, one of Japan's national symbols, but I do not know the significance of the blue badge. What is this symbol and what is its significance?

Image From Twitter Image From Wikipedia

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    I think this fits squarely in scope for this site because its related to a symbolic item worn by a politician, clearly for some political reason. +1 for the good question :). – Reinstate Monica Feb 11 '17 at 0:46
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Shinzo Abe stated during a speech entitled "Japan is back", the following line

Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only thirteen at the time.

The Chrysanthemum flower on the red background is the symbol of a Minister's role on the Japanese Diet.

  • The second link is broken – motoDrizzt Jun 8 at 7:47
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Now, if you look at the lapel of my jacket, I am wearing a blue-ribbon pin. It is to remind myself, each and every day, that I must bring back the Japanese people who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Among them was a girl, Megumi Yokota, who was only thirteen at the time.

http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/pm/abe/us_20130222en.html

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The round pin Shinzo Abe is also wearing is also worn by Members of The Japanese Government otherwise known as "The Diet". The center of the pin is that national symbol of the chrysanthemum which also were constructed into the bow of the formal Japanese Imperial Navy during World War Two. The national symbol is akin to the round pin of the Great Seal of The United States (American Eagle) worn on the left lapel of the suits worn by Members of The United States House of Representatives.

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