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1900 Born January 1 in Yaotsu Town, Gifu Prefecture. Second son of father Yoshimizu, and mother Yatsu (a family of five boys and one girl).

1907 Enters Kuwana Elementary School. Transfers to Nakatsu, then to Furuwatari, Schools.

1912 Graduates with top honors from Furuwatari School. Enters Nagoya Daigo Chugaku (Junior & High School).

1917 Graduates High School. Fails Keijo University Medical School entrance exam.

1918 Enters Waseda University. Majors in English Literature.

1919 Passes Foreign Ministry Scholarship exam. Enters Harbin Gakuin (National University). Studies Russian.

1920 Drafted into Army for one year as Reserve Lieutenant.

1921 Yatsu Sugihara (Chiune’s Mother) dies.

1923 Graduates Harbin Gakuin (National University), China. Receives Top Honors.

1924 Appointed as clerk in the Harbin Japanese Embassy.

1930 Becomes professor at Harbin Gakuin University.

1932 Becomes Deputy Consul of Manchurian Government Foreign Ministry.

1933 Appointed Chief of Northern Manchurian Railroad Aquisition Office, by the Manchurian Government Foreign Ministry; as Section Chief of Russian & Planning.

1934 Resigns in protest of the ill treatment of the Chinese.

1935 Returns to Japan. Marries Yiukiko Sugihara.

1936 First son, Hiroki, born in September. Appointed to Japanese Embassy in Russia, Second class translator.

1937 Becomes translator of Japanese legation, Helsinki, Finland.

1938 Second son, Chiaki, born.

1939 Appointed Japanese Consul in Lithuania. Stationed at Kaunas (Kovno).

1940 Third son, Haruki, born. Chiune Sugihara issues visas to Polish refugees. Becomes Japanese Consul to Czechoslovakia, via Berlin.

1941 Becomes Consul General to Königsberg.

1942 Becomes Consul General to Romania.

1945 End of World War II. Sugiharas imprisoned in Russian internment camp in Romania.

1946 Returns to Japan via Trans – Siberian railroad and Nakhodka port.

1947 Returns to Hakata port (Japan) on the Koan – Maru (ship). Settles in Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture (one hour from Tokyo). Third son, Haruki, dies. Works for World Peace Foundation.

1948 Setsuko Konuma (Kikuchi) dies.

1950 Employed by Tokyo, U.S.A., as General Manager of U.S. Military Post Exchange.

1951 Fourth son, Nobuki, born. Employed by U.S. Trading Company.

1952 Becomes Sanki Trade Executive.

1954 Becomes professor, Nikolai Russian Language School. Becomes translator, Japan Science & Technology Agency.

1957 Works for N.H.K. Broadcasting, International Section.

1960 Becomes Moscow Office Chief, Kawakami Trade Company and Chori Trade Company.

1965 Becomes executive Branch Manager, Kokusai Koeki Company, Moscow.

1968 Mr. J. Nishri, ‘Sugihara survivor’ finds Chiune.

1969 Chiune visits Israel; honored by Israeli Government. Nobuki receives full scholarship to Hebrew University.

1976 Chiune Sugihara retires.

1984 Tree planting in Sugihara’s honor in Israel.

1985 Receives “Righteous Among the Nations” award by Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem.

1986 Dies July 31, at 86 years of age.

1989 “Courage to Care Award” awarded by Anti-Defamation League, New York.

1990 “Raoul Wallenberg Award” awarded by Shaare Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem, New York. Yukiko Sugihara writes her autobiography.

1991 Mir Yeshiva School establishes “Sempo Sugihara Scholarship”, Brooklyn. A street in Lithuania is named after Chiune Sugihara.

1992 The Hill of Humanity monument dedicated by Yaotsu Town, Chiune’s hometown. Sugihara receives Nagasaki Peace Prize.

1993 Yukiko visits Uninted States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Visits Sugihara plaque there. Japanese high school applies Sugihara’s story in an English textbook.

1994 Bar Ilan University opens a Sugihara Center. Sugihara survivors and their families visit Japan.

1995 Receives Holocaust Oral History Project award. Yukiko Sugihara visits Mir Yeshiva, Brooklyn, N.Y. Sugihara Exhibit opened at Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance. Honored by Steven Spielberg at Holocaust testimonial dinner, January. Yukiko Sugihara’s autobiography “Visas for Life” published in French, Portugese, and English.