In over 30 years collecting, this is my first NCO's sword, which for some reason I have avoided before now, preferring to collect gendaito.
It is not minty but has some history, which is what swung it for me. The leather cover and tassel are quite fragile and little of the paint remains on the hilt. The blade had some surface rust which I had a friend, who is a coppersmith by trade, give a sympathetic hand polish. Some light pitting remains but his advice was to leave that as it would need too much metal removal to completely get rid of them.
Thanks to WAF member Bruce Pennington for the following info:
This is a Type 95, version 1, or as Ohmura says, "Initial Type", made by Ijima Token Seisakusho, a contractor for the Tokyo Arsenal, administered by the Kokura Arsenal. Matching serial numbers 76789 puts it no later than 1942 but could be as early as 1937-39.
The sword was accompanied by a Certificate of Retention Battle Trophies issued to Sgt W.R. Turner, R.A. and dated 24th June '45. It states the sword was acquired from POW F/Centre, Changi - the notorious Changi Jail.