Peter A Goldsbury
I am glad that Makoto Ito responded to you and that his response was of use.
I never said his response was of use, only that he responded. He told me that my teacher's rank is registered at aikikai but mine is not (information that I already knew). After inquiring again about the possibility of having my rank registered at the aikikai, his response was as follows:
"It would be better to contact to the Aikikai authorized person or organization in your area."
Not very useful at all I'm afraid.