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Japanese stamps often appear in bag lots of Chinese and/or Korean stamps. The confusion is understandable. Many of the written characters used in Japan are taken directly from Chinese characters. To the casual observer Korean characters look somewhat like Chinese or Japanese characters. However there are a few things to look for which help to separate stamps from the three countries.

Stamps East is the online Canadian source for stamps and other philatelic items from the People's Republic of China (China, PRC), the Republic of China (Taiwan, ROC), and other stamp issuing jurisdictions in Asia particularly East Asia.