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Chiune Sugihara (Sugihara Chiune, 1 January 1900 – 31 July 1986) was a Japanese government official who served as vice consul for the Japanese Empire in Kaunas, Lithuania.
During the Second World War, Sugihara helped six thousand Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas so they could travel through Japanese territories, jeopardizing his career and the lives of his families.
The fleeing Jews were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland and Soviet-controlled Eastern Poland, as well as Lithuanian residents.
Sugihara was named as one of the Righteous Among the Nations in 1985 for his conduct.
He is the first Japanese national to be honoured. Since it was easier for non-Japanese people to pronounce, Sugihara told the refugees to name him "Sempo" – the Sino-Japanese rendering of his given name.
Early life and education
Chiune Sugihara was born in Mino, Gifu prefecture, to a middle-class father, Yoshimi Sugihara (Sugihara Yoshimi), and an upper-middle-class mother, Yatsu Sugihara (, Sugihara Yatsu). When he was born, his father worked in a tax office in Kozuchi, and his family lived in a rented temple near the Buddhist temple Ky'sen-ji (), where he was born nearby. He was the second son of five boys and one girl. One after another, his father and his family were moved to the tax office within the Nagoya Tax Administration Office's branch. His family immigrated to Asahi Village in Niu-gun, Fukui Prefecture, in 1903 (Meiji 36). They migrated to Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, in 1904 (Meiji 37). The two women migrated to Nakatsu Town, Ena-gun, Gifu Prefecture, on October 25, 1905 (Meiji 38). Chiune entered Nakatsu Town Municipal Elementary School in 1906 (Meiji 39), which is now Nakatsu City Minami Elementary School in Gifu Prefecture). He transferred to Kuwana Municipal Kuwana Elementary School in Mie Prefecture on March 31, 1907 (Meiji 40). (currently Kuwana Municipal Nissin Elementary School). He transferred to Nagoya Municipal Furuwa Elementary School (now Nagoya Municipal Heiwa Elementary School) in December of the same year. He graduated from Furuwatari Elementary School and Aichi prefectural 5th secondary school (now Zuiryo high school), a joint junior and senior high school in 1912. His father wanted him to become a doctor, but Chiune deliberately failed the entrance exam by writing only his name on the exam papers. Rather, he entered Waseda University in 1918 (Taish, 7) and majored in English language. At that time, he began to learn his English at Yuai Gakusha, the Baptist fraternity that had been established by Baptist pastor Harry Baxter Benninhof, to develop his English.
He took the Foreign Ministry Scholarship exam in 1919 (Taish 8). Sugihara served in the Imperial Army from 1920 to 1922, in Taish (Taish) and later in the Empire of Japan. He resigned his position in November 1922 and took the Foreign Ministry's language qualifying examinations the next year, passing the Russian exam with distinction. He was recruited by the Japanese Foreign Ministry and sent him to Harbin, China, where he later became a Russian and German languages and later became an expert on Russian affairs.