VILNIUS (FNI) - On Tuesday, January 9, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Lithuanian city of Kaunas to honor the memory of Chiune Sugihara,Japanese government official who served as vice consul for the Japanese Empire in Lithuania and helped over 6,000 Polish and Lithuanian Jews to leave the country and avoid the persecution of the Nazis during the Second World War.
"While risking his job and his family's lives vice-consul Chiune Sugihara helped thousands of Jews flee Europe by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory." Lithuania Foreign Ministry tweeted.
Sugihara is called as Japanese 'Oscar Schindler' for his exploits.
On January 1, 2018, he would have turned 108, but Sugihara died at the age of 86 on July 31, 1986.
A few decades after the war, in 1985, the State of Israel honored Sugihara as one of the Righteous Among the Nations for his actions. He is the only Japanese national to have been so honored.