Friday, September 13, 2013

Aragaki Tsunemasa 新垣恒政 (1924-1933)

updated August 7, 2013

b.1894, Okinawa -d.1987. Igakushi (MB), Nagasaki Univ., Japan May 1916. MD. Taiwan 1917, 臺南醫院醫官補 (Acting Medical Officer, Tainan Hospital) 1917-19; 臺南高等女學校囑託 (Commissioned employee - Shokutaku, Tainan Girls' Senior High School) 1918); 臺北廳稻江醫院醫員 (physician, Taipei Daojiang Hospital) 1919; 臺北醫院醫官補 (Acting Medical Officer, Taipei Hospital) 1919. Hong Kong nlt.1924. Registered to practice Hong Kong May 16, 1924 through 1933. Private hospital, Majima Hospital, #151 Wan Chai Road 1924. Japan nlt.1933. 外務省囑託醫 (Commissioned Doctor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan) 1933. Publications: 海外発展と衛生問題: 特に伯刺西爾の衛生に就て, 外務省通商局 1933; 日本の使命, 衕仁會報, 第12卷第3號 1938; 醫療宣撫行 (Medical Pacification Tour), Tokyo: 東亞公論社 (Toa Koronsha) 1941; 南十字星 紀行隨筆, 東亞公論社 1943. Residence in Tokyo: 世田谷區成城町.

[The July 25, 1937 issue of the Straits Times carried this strangest story about Aragaki:
Ideal Diplomat Selection by Blood Test in Japan; Stubbornness is a Virtue
To the stringent academic and physical requirements for prospective members of Japan's diplomatic service may be added the prerequisite that they should be possessors of “O”-type blood.
That this should be one of the qualifications of future officials who will deal with the nation's foreign affairs was recommended today to Mr. Koki Hirota, Foreign Minister, by Dr. Tsunemesa Aragaki, the Gaimusho's own physician.
A study of the blood-types of world leaders has shown, according to Dr. Aragaki, that the “O”-type predominates. Other blood-types are A. B. and AB. Up to now, the only interest in such matters was shown by hospitals in preparing lists of potential blood-donors for transfusion cases.
Cool in Emergency
The possessors of “O”-type blood, Dr. Aragaki contends, are more suited to be diplomats because they are cool in emergencies, stubborn, not easily influenced by people, strong-willed, determined and yet gentle.
Dr. Aragaki refused to comment on the possibility that all possessors of “O”-type blood seeking admission to the Foreign Service might “flunk” academic and physical tests.]

Selected bibliography: The Hong Kong Government Gazette, May 16, 1924, Notice #292. / The Straits Times, July 25, 1937, p.8. 臺灣史研究所, 臺灣總督府職員錄系統


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