Chiune Sugihara

1900 - 1986

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Chiune Sugihara (杉原 千畝, Sugihara Chiune, 1 January 1900 – 31 July 1986) was a Japanese diplomat who served as vice-consul for the Japanese Empire in Kaunas, Lithuania. During the Second World War, Sugihara helped thousands of Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory, risking his job and the lives of his family. The fleeing Jews were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland and Soviet-occupied Eastern Poland, as well as residents of Lithuania. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chiune Sugihara has received more than 1,554,652 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Chiune Sugihara is the 18th most popular diplomat (down from 6th in 2019), the 89th most popular biography from Japan (down from 16th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Diplomat.

Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who helped Jews escape from the Holocaust by issuing visas to them.

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Among diplomats, Chiune Sugihara ranks 18 out of 51Before him are Ferdinand de Lesseps, Folke Bernadotte, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Mohamed ElBaradei, Madeleine Albright, and Hasekura Tsunenaga. After him are Alva Myrdal, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, George F. Kennan, Chaim Herzog, Viktor Chernomyrdin, and Thomas Klestil.

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Among people born in 1900, Chiune Sugihara ranks 33Before him are Eyvind Johnson, Urho Kekkonen, Karl Wolff, Choe Yong-gon, W. Edwards Deming, and Richard Kuhn. After him are Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Zelda Fitzgerald, Gladwyn Jebb, Walther Wenck, and Edith Frank. Among people deceased in 1986, Chiune Sugihara ranks 28Before him are Vincente Minnelli, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Erich Koch, Georgia O'Keeffe, Leonid Kantorovich, and Georges Dumézil. After him are Alva Myrdal, Samora Machel, Jaroslav Seifert, James Rainwater, Raymond Loewy, and James Cagney.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Chiune Sugihara ranks 89 out of 5,560Before him are Emperor Annei (-577), Tarō Asō (1940), Hideki Yukawa (1907), Emperor Itoku (-553), Kōbō Abe (1924), and Emperor Go-Momozono (1758). After him are Masaru Emoto (1943), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), Abe no Seimei (921), Fumimaro Konoe (1891), Shin'ichirō Tomonaga (1906), and Kiichiro Toyoda (1894).

Among DIPLOMATS In Japan

Among diplomats born in Japan, Chiune Sugihara ranks 2Before him are Hasekura Tsunenaga (1571). After him are Yukiya Amano (1947).