Diplomat Chiune Sugihara's Visa for Life

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance 10 Year Anniversary Commemorative Project

Our company, Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance, celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2020. At the same time, 2020 was a milestone year for Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat, as 120 years had passed since his birth and 80 years had passed since the issuance of the "Visa for Life".
We introduced the great achievement of Mr. Sugihara, the "world's proud humanitarian" who saved 6,000 Jewish refugees through "Visas for Life", as a commemorative project for the 10 year anniversary of the company's establishment.
Fortunately, this project was very well received and over 33,000 access globally on the website in just 2 weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who accessed to the contents. In response to the large interests of public, we decided introducing Mr. Sugihara's contribution to general public. In this sequel, we will see Mr. Sugihara's footprints, by visiting places related to him throughout Japan, and introducing historical sites.



SUGIHARA CHIUNE The Man Who Saved 6,000 Lives: Chiune Sugihara

In August 1939, Sugihara was posted to Lithuania's then capital Kaunas as Deputy Consul. Soon after that, World War II broke out and Europe was engulfed in the flames of war.

Poland, then the largest Jewish community in Europe, was divided and occupied by Germany from the west and the Soviet Union from the east. Polish Jews were forced to flee from persecution by two powerful states.

Some of these Jewish refugees rushed to Sugihara for a "Japanese transit visa". Many of them did not meet the visa requirements. Mr Sugihara made inquiries to his home country many times, but they were not accepted. Seeing the Jewish refugees facing a crisis, Sugihara decided to issue the visas at his disposition without consideration of his interest.

It was a big decision based on humanitarianism.

It is said that the visas issued by Sugihara saved as many as 6,000 lives, and they are called the "Visa for Life".


Video Chiune Sugihara - Following the footprints of the Visas for Life

We will introduce Sugihara's achievements through video.
This video is a re-edition of a video that has been broadcast since the end of 2020, and I think you can see Sugihara's great achievements once again.

Visiting the places related to Chiune Sugihara

Visiting the places related to Chiune Sugihara
In order to gain a deeper understanding of Sugihara's achievements and to make them more familiar, we will introduce facilities and historic sites in various parts of Japan related to Sugihara.

Part 2

  • Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall Yaotsu-cho, Kamo County, Gifu Prefecture 写真提供:八百津町

    "Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall" Yaotsu-cho, Kamo-gun, Gifu Prefecture


  • 写真資料提供:人道の港 敦賀ムゼウム

    The first place is "Tsuruga Museum, the port of humanity" in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture