NETANYA, Israel (Kyodo) — A ceremony was held Tuesday in Netanya, central Israel, to mark the naming of a street to be constructed in the city after a Japanese diplomat who helped thousands of Jews escape Nazi persecution during World War II.
Nobuki Sugihara, a 67-year-old son of the late diplomat Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986) attended the ceremony, in which a sign bearing the street name was unveiled.
During World War II, Sugihara issued transit visas to Jews as an acting consul in Lithuania even though the Japanese Foreign Ministry told him not to do so, and as a result is credited with saving 6,000 Jews from the Holocaust.
After returning to Japan in 1947, he was pressured to leave the ministry, but his actions were appreciated in Israel and the United States. Read more