Chinda Sutemi

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Chinda Sutemi
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Chinda Sutemi, by Harris & Ewing.
Born (1857-01-19)January 19, 1857
 Japan Hirosaki, Aomori
Died January 16, 1929(1929-01-16) (aged 71)
Other names 珍田 捨巳
Occupation diplomat

Count Chinda Sutemi (珍田 捨巳, January 19, 1857 – January 16, 1929) was a Japanese diplomat.

Diplomatic career

He was born January 19, 1857 in Hirosaki, Aomori.

In 1877 he went to study at DePauw University.[1] He got his B.A. in 1881, and M.A. in 1884. In 1882 he married, and had one son.[2]

From 1890 to 1894, Chinda served as Japanese Consul in San Francisco, California. In 1897 Chinda was appointed first Japanese Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two states in 1895.[3] He served as Japanese Ambassador to Germany from 1908 to 1911, to the United States from 1912 to 1916 and to the United Kingdom from 1916 to 1920, during which time he also took part in the Japanese delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919.

He was also a Methodist minister.


From the Japanese Wikipedia article


  • Baron (21 September 1907)
  • Viscount (24 August 1911)
  • Count (7 September 1920)

Decorations (Japanese)

Court order of precedence

  • Seventh rank (27 November 1886)
  • Sixth rank (21 December 1891)
  • Senior sixth rank (20 September 1895)
  • Senior fifth rank (20 August 1897)
  • Fourth rank (31 January 1901)
  • Senior fourth rank (20 March 1906)
  • Third rank (30 April 1909)
  • Senior third rank (11 May 1914)
  • Second rank (30 May 1921)
  • Senior second rank (1 June 1928)
  • First rank (16 January 1929)

See also


  1. ^ DePauw University: A Pictorial History
  2. ^ A Washington Post article on March 25, 2010 stated that Chinda had two (not one) sons, one of whom died during the explosion at sea of a Japanese warship during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895, and the other of whom committed suicide by hanging in the US shortly after completing work for an MA and before Chinda and his wife transferred from Washington to London.
  3. ^ Masaharu Nanami, The Japan Times, April 3, 2008 Building of first Japan legation to Brazil found

Further reading

  • "Japanese Envoy Dines Woodford; Baron Chinda Entertains Him with Other Americans in Kaiser's Capital," The New York Times, January 30, 1910
  • "Chinda Loses Ruler's Gift; Japanese Ambassador Left Cigarette Case on Banquet Table," New York Times, June 9, 1913

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