International Year of Older Persons

Elephant and Stork
IssueInternational Year of Older Persons
Date of Issue1 October 1999 (Heisei 11)
Denomination80 yen
Quantity18,000,000 copies
DesignElephant and Stork
Image Area28.05 x 35.9 millimeters
PrintingPhotogravure in 5 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignerSugita Yutaka (Illustrator)
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Shinjuku Post Office
Catalog No.C1762

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog & SAKURA Catalog number is adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

The United Nations adopted the Principles for Older Persons at its 46th General Assembly in 1991. The UN Principles address the independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity of older persons. The General Assembly has designated 1999 the International Year of Older Persons in the following year. The stamp depicts an elephant and a stork symbolizing following generation by the latter and longevity by the former.