Chiune Sugihara


10月10日(木)、リトアニア国会(セイマス)は来たる2020年を、年間を通じて「杉原千畝記念の年」とする事を宣言しました。この決議は、2020年がリトアニア・カウナスの旧日本領事館に在勤した杉原千畝元副領事(1939-40年在勤)が6000人以上のユダヤ人難民の命を救ったとされる、いわゆる「命のビザ」の発給を決断してからちょうど80年目の記念の年に当たる事にちなんで採択されました。また2020年は、杉原氏の生誕120周年の記念の年でもあります […]

Chiune Sugihara

Sugihara Week kicks off in Kaunas

Lithuania’s second-biggest city of Kaunas is launching on Monday a week of events to commemorate Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Lithuanian Jews from the Holocaust during World War Two. […]

Chiune Sugihara
Foreign affairs

Japan’s PM honours WWII diplomat to who rescued Jews in Lithuania

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday went to Lithuania’s second city Kaunas on Sunday to pay tribute to the memory of World War II-era diplomat Chiune Sugihara who rescued Jews from the Holocaust. […]

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An unknown fact: Lithuania was the first country in the world to issue Jews with “Visas to Life”

Lithuania is constantly defending itself against accusations or dubious statements that Lithuanians collaborated with the Nazis in the Holocaust. At the same time it’s usually in the archives of historians where information is discovered about Lithuanians who, before anybody else, were opening up a path for refugees who were Jewish and of other nationalities, Lietuvos Žinos writes. […]


Photo of the week: Spring showers and flowers

Though unseasonably low temperatures and rain have dampened the springtime mood in Lithuania, many consider the blooming cherry blossoms at the Chiune Sugihara park in Vilnius to be a sign that spring has arrived in Lithuania. […]

Shibuya district in Tokyo  Photo Ludo Segers

Japan, a business opportunity too far?

Walking through Tokyo Station on a weekday morning with tens of thousands of people leaves the impression of a well orchestrated ballet where the dancers manage to find their way through what looks like a labyrinth of train lines, subway, shopping areas and high speed train lines. Most of these people are the backbone of the innovative Japanese economy. […]

Persona Non Grata

Film about Japanese diplomat who saved Jews premièred in Vilnius

On 14 October, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius attended the première of the film Persona Non Grata about a Japanese ambassador in Lithuania who issued visas to Jews during World War Two, saving thousands of people from death. […]