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I finally have a lapel badge. After almost two decades of working in Japan-related law jobs, this is a big deal.

You have probably noticed a lot of Japanese men (and, increasingly, women) in suits with pin badges in their lapels. Some may even bear familiar logos: JR, Aeon, Mizuho and so on. But that’s just branding. In law, lapel badges have special significance. This article will help you spot them and understand why.

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