Japans first modern postal service started in 1871 with postage stamps being issued in April of that year. The design was of two dragons facing each other

In 1876 the definitive series was introduced with the inscription "IMPERIAL JAPANESE POST"

Japan joined the UPU in 1877

Japan 1875 12s Red SG161 Fine Used
Japan 1875 15s Lilac SG62 Fine Used
Japan 1875 45s Red SG63 Fine Used

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