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"Transmitting the photograph of the Chinese abductor of a [Japanese] woman"
12020-04-30T18:06:48-04:00Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f353"Fujo yūkai Shinajin no shashin sōfu no ken" [Transmitting the photograph of the Chinese abductor of a (Japanese) woman]. Photograph of Chen Zhaopin, taken at Nagasaki, attached to document circulated by Nagasaki Governor, 1929-10-16.plain2020-10-01T16:53:59-04:0032.74837, 129.86767Nagasaki-ken (Japan)K.18.104.22.168, Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.1929-10-16Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.Used with permission.David R. Ambarasimage/jpegDRA-0016Still ImageKandra Polatis4decfc04157f6073c75cc53dcab9d25e87c02133
Regarding the abductor of a Japanese woman—Nagasaki Governor report re Chen Zhaopin 1929-10
We don't know what Ogura Nobu looked like—in fact, the Foreign Ministry files on “abducted women” contain no photographs at all. Except this one: It comes to us attached to a document circulated by the Governor of Nagasaki Prefecture, Itō Kihachirō, on October 16, 1929. Titled “Sending the photograph of the Chinese abductor of a [Japanese] woman,” the document summarized the Ogura-Chen story in one or two lines and then indicated that Chen's photograph had been taken at the time of his passage through Nagasaki port.
[One must wonder how many people, especially Chinese or other Asians, had their photographs taken, mug-shot style, as they passed through Japanese ports on their way in or out of the country. I have not found such photos in my various excursions in the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Were these discarded, either to save space or from a belief that they were no longer necessary at some point in the life of these dossiers on mobile others? Or am I simply wishing for the loss of photographs never taken, in order to pose questions to the dead archive?]