The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall

Chiune Sugihara Timeline

Western Calendar Timeline Chiune Sugihara’s Life Japan-Europe situation
1900 Born on January 1st in Yaotsu-cho, Gifu Prefecture. Earliest years spent there. Father changes jobs thereafter, resulting in his living in Mie prefecture and Nagoya City.
1917 Graduates from the Fifth Junior High School in Aichi prefecture. Father wants him to become a physician so he sits for the entrance exam for Keijo Medical University and fails it by turning in a blank answer sheet.
1918 Enters Waseda University, but drops out in 1919 to study in Harbin under a scholarship from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
1920 Joins the 12th Company of the 79th Regiment Infantry for Youngsan, Korea as a one-year volunteer. German Worker's Party renamed the Nazi Party in 1920.
1924 Assigned to Manzhouli in February as an embassy clerk. Reassigned to Harbin in December.
1932 Becomes a government correspondent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Manchukuo
1933 Begins negotiations with Soviet Union regarding transfer of the North Manchuria Railway. 1933, Hitler establishes his government
1934, Hitler becomes chancellor.
1935, Japan, occupied Manchuria, and the Soviet Union, enter into a tripartite agreement. Germany announces Nuremberg Laws and eliminates Jewish people’s citizenship.
1936, Japan and Germany sign a defense pact.
1937 Assigned to serve in the Soviet Union, but refused entry. Sent to work at Helsinki legation in Finland instead.
1938 1938, Germany annexes Austria. Germany divides Czechoslovakia and the Sudetenland region.
1939 Ordered to open the Consulate in the capital city of Kaunas in Lithuania.
Germany divides Czechoslovakia and occupies it.
German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact concluded. German Army invades Poland. World War II begins. Polish territory is divided between Germany and the Soviet Union .
1940 7July. Sugihara begins issuing transit visas for Jewish refugees to Japan. Issues transit visas to Japan for 2,139 families.
Kaunas Consulate closed down on August 29.
Sugihara departs from Kaunas station on the international train for Berlin on September 5.
Begins assignment at Consulate General in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
1940. Soviet Union invades the Baltic States. Soviet Union merges Lithuania.
Tripartite Pact between Japan, Germany and Italy signed.
1941 Ordered to serve at the Consulate General in Konigsberg, Germany on February 28. Reassigned to the legation in Bucharest, Romania in November.
1942 1942. Germany makes a big 'Final Decision' (large scale massacre) to murder the Jewish people. Starts the Nazi Holocaust in the Getto Warszawskie
1945 Nazis send Jewish people to a prison camp in the suburbs of Bucharest.
1947 Sugihara returns to Japan (Hakata, Kyushu) in April.
1960 Sent to Moscow as an office manager for a trading company.
Changes jobs twice after arrival and remains in Moscow.
1968 Sugihara reunited with Mr. Nishri, whom he'd issued a visa to, for the first time in 28 years.
1969 Receives a medal from Warhaftig, the Minister of Religion in Israel, who was also helped by Sugihara when he was a refugee.
1985 Receives the “Righteous among the nations (Yad Vashem award) from the government of Israel.
He is the first Japanese to be given the Award.
1986 Dies in Kamakura, Kanazawa prefecture.