Chiune Sugihara And Japan's Foreign Ministry

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When the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany partitioned Poland in September of 1939, thousands of Jews fled Poland into Lithuania and fled across the USSR to Japan. With the help of Jan Zwartendijk, acting Dutch consul, and Chiune Sugihara, Japan's vice consul in Lithuania, the refugees obtained documents for their perilous escape from Nazi persecution. From Japan, many refugees moved on to Dutch-controlled Curacao or other final destinations. Decades after the war, and one year before his death in 1986, Sugihara was ...

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Overview

When the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany partitioned Poland in September of 1939, thousands of Jews fled Poland into Lithuania and fled across the USSR to Japan. With the help of Jan Zwartendijk, acting Dutch consul, and Chiune Sugihara, Japan's vice consul in Lithuania, the refugees obtained documents for their perilous escape from Nazi persecution. From Japan, many refugees moved on to Dutch-controlled Curacao or other final destinations. Decades after the war, and one year before his death in 1986, Sugihara was finally honored by Israel with the "Righteous Among the Nations" Award for the help he gave to the Jews in 1940. He also received the Raoul Wallenburg Award posthumously in 1990. However, in Japan little was known about Sugihara's heroic actions for more than five decades. The author, Seishiro Sugihara (no relation to Chiune), reveals a pattern of deception and obfuscation by Japan's foreign ministry to obstruct recognition of Sugihara's philanthropy. The Sugihara episode, the author contends, is only one in a long line of scandalous cover-ups which have plagued the Ministry, including its ill-fated Twenty-One Demands upon Nationalist China in 1915; and more infamously the failure of its Washington Embassy to follow orders and deliver the "declaration of war" on December 7, 1941 which resulted in the Pearl Harbor operation being stigmatized as a "sneak attack." His book is the first to demonstrate that, while Japan's military was abolished during the Occupation, the Foreign Ministry secured its own future at the expense of Japan and the Japanese people, and deliberately and systematically placed Sugihara's act of kindness beyond public scrutiny.

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Chiune Sugihara (1900-86) was Japanese vice consul in Lithuania in September 1939, when the partition of Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union forced thousands of Jews into Lithuania to escape Nazi rule. He helped provide them visas to go through the Soviet Union to Japan, ostensibly to Dutch-controlled Curacao, but in fact to go where they wanted. Seishuro Sugihara (education, Musashino Women's U., Tokyo), who is no relation, calls on the Japanese Foreign Ministry to rehabilitate his reputation, which was tarnished after the war. No publication data is noted for the original . Hu also translated the first part of , which accuses the Foreign Ministry of many crimes and errors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761819714
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Seishiro Sugihara is Professor at Musashino Women's College, Tokyo.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by Yukiko Sugihara Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Translator's Note Chapter 4 The Pearl Harbor "Sneak Attack" Cover-Up and the Foreign Ministry's Responsibility Chapter 5 Teaching About Japan's War with the United States Chapter 6 Successfully Avoiding the Pacific War: Reexamining the Japan-U.S. Negotiations Chapter 7 Toshikazu Kase's Research on the 1941 Japan-U.S. Negotiations Chapter 8 A Portrait of Chiune Sugihara, and His Motive for Issuing Visas to Jewish Refugees Chapter 9 Chiune Sugihara and the Postwar Foreign Ministry Chapter 10 Endnotes Chapter 11 Glossary Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index

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