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Old 06-08-2015, 06:03 PM   #59
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Israel Synagogue in Nagasaki...
It was not until 1853, with the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry following the Convention of Kanagawa ending Japan's "closed-door" foreign policy that Jewish families began to settle in Japan.. The first recorded Jewish settlers arrived at Yokohama in 1861.. By 1895 this community, which by then consisted of about 50 families, established the first synagogue in Japan.. Part of this community would later move to Kobe after the great Kanto earthquake of 1923..Another early Jewish settlement was one established in the 1880s in Nagasaki, a large Japanese port city opened to foreign trade by the Portuguese..This community was larger than the one in Yokohama, consisting of more than 100 families. It was here that the Beth Israel Synagogue was created in 1894.. The settlement would continually grow and remain active until it eventually declined by the Russo-Japanese War in the early 20th century... The community's Torah scroll would eventually be passed down to the Jews of Kobe, a group formed of freed Russian Jewish war prisoners that had participated in the Czar's army and the Russian Revolution of 1905...

Transit to Freedom..

From the mid 1920s until the 1950s, the Kobe Jewish community was the largest Jewish community in Japan, formed by hundreds of Jews arriving from Russia (originating from the Manchurian city of Harbin), the Middle East (mainly from Iraq and Syria), as well as from Central and Eastern European countries (primarily Germany).. It had both an Ashkenazi and a Sephardic synagogue..During this time Tokyo's Jewish community (now Japan's largest) was slowly growing with the arrival of Jews from the United States, Western Europe, and Russia..On December 6, 1938, 5 ministers council (Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe, Army Minister Seishirō Itagaki, Navy Minister Mitsumasa Yonai, Foreign Minister Hachirō Arita and Finance Minister Shigeaki Ikeda), which was the highest decision making council, made a decision of prohibiting the expulsion of the Jews in Japan..The secretary of the Manchurian Legation in Berlin Wang Tifu (王, 替夫. 1911-) also issued visas to 12,000 refugees including Jews from June 1939 to May 1940..One famous Orthodox Jewish institution that was saved this way was the Lithuanian Haredi Mir yeshiva.. The Japanese government and people offered the Jews temporary shelter, medical services, food, transportation, and gifts, but preferred that they move on to reside in Japanese-occupied Shanghai..Since the 1920s there have been occasional events and statements reflecting antisemitism in Japan, generally promoted by fringe elements and tabloid newspapers..After World War II, a large portion of the few Jews that were in Japan left, many going to what would become Israel.. Some of those who remained married locals and were assimilated into Japanese society... you honestly think somebody's gonna get up on the floor of the US Senate, and ask for billions of dollars for a couple of forgotten ghosts?..Remember the mission...

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