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That's not a series mark, but an inspection mark used on Mukden rifles and carbines. It's the Katakana "ho" and the initial of Hoten, Japanese pronunciation of Mukden.
Let's see a photo of the whole gun, looks like you have a nice'un.
 

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Hi Steve, the series # is a preappointed string of Japanese Katakana and Hiragana characters to be placed in lieu of high digit serial numbers, and were incorporated into the serial numbering system in the late 30's. You don't see the series mark on your Mukden carbine because they did not incorporate the system until the late rifle production.
 
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