Sugimara, Chiune

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Sugimara, Chiune Gender: M
born on 1 January 1900
Place Gifu, Japan, 35n25, 136e45
Timezone JST h9e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 10°17' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif or s_sagcol.18.gif


Japanese diplomat, called the Asian Schindler for the similarity of his service to humanity. Working in the Foreign Service, Sugimara was assigned to Lithuania during WWII. While there, he found that Jews could escape the country if they had the proper papers. He wrote three times to his headquarters requesting permission to complete the proper credentials and each time, was denied. He began writing the visas on his own recognizance and saved some 6,000 Jews from persecution before he was discovered and deported back to his homeland in disgrace. When asked why he had disobeyed orders, he replied that he answered to a "higher duty."

Sugimara died in 1985. His wife wrote his story and his son translated it into English in 1995.


  • Death, Cause unspecified 1985 (Age 85)

Source Notes

Diana K. Rosenberg quotes clippings for date; time unknown


  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (To Lithuania)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Deported Jews)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Meritorious achievement (Great humanitarian)