Oono Taikan
National Archives of Japan. Japan Center for Asian Historical Records. Researcher




Introduction to searching the JACAR database with a discussion of Chiune Sugihara related documents

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records (JACAR) operates a database that has released many records relating to Chiune Sugihara. Sugihara spent about sixteen years, from 1919 to 1934, in Harbin, Manchuria (Manchukuo from March 1932), and there were numerous documents produced over this timespan. Sugihara started in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs by enrolling abroad at the Russo-Japan Association School (later Harbin Institute). Subsequently Sugihara worked in the Japanese Consulate in Manchuria, Japanese Consulate General in Harbin, and at the Office of Agents Stationed in North Manchuria, Manchukuo. Not surprisingly, Sugihara’s name can be found on many records related to the institutions at which he was employed.

In this talk, we will explain how to search for documents pertaining to Sugihara while we examine records from our database on Manchuria and Manchukuo. We will discuss strategies to use the JACAR database well, which requires precise search terms or alternatively the use of dictionary tools, synonyms, and other search functions. We will go over how to find a wealth of documents on Sugihara and other topics.