Jako no ma shiko (麝香間祗候)

Jako no ma shiko was one of the licenses of the Imperial Court defined by the Constitution of the Empire of Japan, in order to treat the peerages and government officials for their contributions, and the person who rendered a distinguished service for the Meiji Restoration. This license was reflected on the class standing and the treatment within the Imperial Court.

This license followed shiko shu license system of the Imperial Court during Edo period.

This license was established in 1869 when the Imperial Court summoned the former gijo (official post) Mochiaki HACHISUKA and some other members of the government to appear in Jako no ma of Kyoto Imperial Palace every other day as the advisers of the emperor. This licensee was treated as an official appointed by the emperor, while it was an honorary position without any salary. The licensees were held at service in Jako no ma of the Imperial Court. The license ranked next to Jako no ma shiko was Kinkei no ma shiko.

Significant appointees

Akimasa IKEDA: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) marquis, the First Order of Merit, the former lord of the Okayama domain

Michihira IWASHITA: viscount, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure

Shigetomi OHARA: received the license on October 17, 1870
conferral of a posthumous rank Shonii, (Senior Second Court Rank) the Keihoukan chiji, (the governor of the judicial system) gijo, (official post) jokyoku gicho, (the chairman of jokyoku, a law making body in the Meiji period) the director general of the House of Representative

Sanenaru SAGA: Shonii, (Senior Second Court Rank) the First Order of Merit, the chief general of Kyobusho (Ministry of Religion)

Hisamitsu SHIMAZU: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) Orders of the Chrysanthemum, Duke, Sadaijin (Minister of the Left)

Tadahiro SHIMAZU: court, the Prefectural governor of Sadowara domain

Sukehiro TAKATSUKASA: former family member of Sekkann-ke (the families which produced the Regent and the Chief Adviser to the Emperor)

Akitake TOKUGAWA: Army junior lieutenant, Jusani, (Junior Third Court Rank) the First Order of Merit, the former lord of the Mito Domain

Iesato TOKUGAWA: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) supreme order, Duke, president of Kizokuin (the House of Peers)

Yoshinobu TOKUGAWA: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) the First Order of Merit, Duke, Seii Taishogun (commander-in-chief of the expeditionary force against the barbarians; Shogun of Edo bakufu)

Sanetsune TOKUDAIJI: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) supreme order, Naidaijin, (Minister of the Interior) Kunaikyo, (Minister of the Sovereign's Household) Jijyucho, (Grand Chamberlain) the director of the peerage

Tsuneyuki NAKAMIKADO: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) the First Order of Merit, Marquis, Rusu chokan (the chief of security)

Tadayasu NAKAYAMA: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) supreme order, Marquis, Jingihaku (administrator of the institution for dedicating to religious ceremony)

Nariyuki NIJO: the former family member of Sekkann-ke (the families which produced the Regent and the Chief Adviser to the Emperor)

Mochiaki HACHISUKA: licensee from 1869
gijo, (official post) the Governor of Tokyo Prefecture

Yoshinaga MATSUDAIRA: juichii, (Junior First Court Rank) the First Order of Merit, Okura-kyo (Minister of the Treasury)