Count Sutemi Chinda(1856-1929), Japanese ambassador to London
Sitter in 1 portrait
Japanese diplomat and statesman Chinda was born into a Christian Samurai class family in Hirosaki, Aomori in Japan. After graduating with a BA in 1881 and an MA in 1884 from the DePauw University in Indiana (U.S.) he returned to Japan where he entered the foreign service. From 1890 he served as Japanese Consul in San Francisco, California. When diplomatic relationships between Brazil and Japan were formed, he was appointed first Japanese Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil in 1897. He also served as Japanese Ambassador to Germany (1908-11), the United States (1912-16) and to the United Kingdom (1916-20), during which time he also partook in the Japanese delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. He was serving as Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor at the time of his death.