Author Lori Tsugawa Whaley to Discuss ‘Japanese Schindler’ Chiune Sugihara

Author Lori Tsugawa Whaley will present two discussions on Chiune Sugihara, a.k.a. “the Japanese Schindler,” and his relationship to the ancient samurai principles known as a code of bushido; the way of the warrior.

Chiune Sugihara was born on Jan. 1, 1900. As a descendent of the samurai, he learned the principles of integrity, honor, and benevolence. However, it is the bushido principle of courage that characterizes his life.

Courage takes many forms. Sugihara could be considered a samurai warrior, yet he did not handle a gun or sword. Instead, as a diplomat to Lithuania during World War II, he helped save thousands of Jewish refugee lives by writing transit visas in defiance of his government. This courageous action cost him and his family dearly, but as he stated in an interview in 1985, “I may have disobeyed my government, but if I didn’t, I would be disobeying God.”

Sugihara’s story of courage was the inspiration for Whaley‘s book “The Courage of a Samurai,” to be re-released as “Seven Samurai Secrets of Success” through Tuttle Publishing in latter 2019. The book outlines the bushido principles providing modern-day examples of Japanese and Japanese Americans who exemplify these principles.

Whaley included ganbaru as a tribute to her dear late mother, who taught her to do her best and never give up.

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