What we call 'Visas for Life' is the visas granted by Mr. Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania, to save many Jewish people who were being persecuted by the Nazis. On September 1st in 1939, lots of Jewish people got away into the neighboring country, Lithuania, due to the invasion by the German army into Poland. However, when Lithuania merged with the Soviet Union, the only way left for Jewish people to survive was to get away to third countries through Japan. On July 18th in 1940, the Japanese consulate was surrounded by a crowd of Jewish people asking for visas, and Chiune asked the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to permit him to grant the visas for Jewish people who were rushing to leave. However, the answer from the government was 'NO'. After considering the situation overnight, Chiune decided to issue visas by himself against the Ministry's wishes. It was a big decision made by Chiune based on the true humanitarian action.

Visas for Life

News : December 15, 2015

Request for Cooperation with the Sugihara UNESCO Project
(Official Statement PDF file)

Masaru Nakayama (Mr.)
Ken Takashima(Mr.)
Yaotsu Town Office / WG member, the Sugihara UNESCO project
Tel : +81-(0)574-43-2111 ex.2350
Fax : +81-(0)574-43-0969
E-mail : n-masaru@town.yaotsu.lg.jp / t-ken@town.yaotsu.lg.jp

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