Matsuki Komatsu — Painting of Dutch Consulate, Kobe
Postcard of a painting of the Dutch Consulate-General in Kobe shortly after the end of WWII by Japanese artist Komatsu Matsuki (小松益喜, 1904–2002). Entered in the 14th Shinseisaku Art Exhibition, 1950 (Showa 25). (Postcard, Komatsu Matsuki, Dutch Consulate-General, 211205-0048, MeijiShowa.)

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List of Dutch consuls in Japan.

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NAGASAKI

  1. 1860–1863 Jan Karel de Wit, Consul-General
  2. 1863-1868 Albertus Johannes Bauduin, Vice-Consul and Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  3. 1869?–1873? F. P. Tombrink, Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
    1. 1872 — Johannes Jacobus van der Pot, Acting Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  4. 1874?–1875? Johannes Jacobus van der Pot, Acting Consul and Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)

Later consuls are mainly of Great Britain and other countries looking after the interests of the Netherlands. See the full list here (scroll down to LOCATIONS BY YEAR).

KOBE

  1. 1868–1870? — Albertus Johannes Bauduin, Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  2. 1868–1874? — Willem Conrad Korthals, Vice-Consul, Acting Consul and Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  3. 1878–November 15, 1897 — Charles Braess, Acting Consul
    1. 1884 — Anton Oestmann, Acting Consul
  4. November 15, 1897–November 16, 1899
    Theodore Wassilieff, Consul-in-Charge. JACAR B16081070500
    1. November 16, 1899
      Jacob Hendrik de Reus, Consul in Yokohama takes over the duties of Wassilieff. JACAR B16081071500
  5. April 18, 1900–1902
    Jacob Hendrik de Reus, Consul. Announced: March 30, 1900. Accepted by Emperor: April 18, 1900. JACAR B16081072000
    1. September 13–October 8, 1900
      J. A. Ailion, “Dutch citizen”, takes care of consular duties while De Reus is absent because of illness. JACAR B16081072100, B16081072200
  6. November 8, 1902–1909
    Hendrik van Oordt de Lauwenrecht, Acting Consul/Consul. JACAR B16081072800
    1. April 25, 1904
      Van Oordt de Lauwenrecht becomes Consul. Introduction: April 8, 1904. Accepted by Emperor: April 25, 1904. JACAR B16081073200
    2. End January–May 5, 1907
      B. A. J. van Wettum takes care of consular affairs while Van Oordt de Lauwenrecht is on an official trip to the Dutch East Indies. JACAR B16081074500, B16081074600
    3. March 27, 1908
      W. G. E. Brill, Vice-Consul takes care of consular affairs while Van Oordt de Lauwenrecht is on leave. No documents have been found of his return to Kobe. JACAR B16081075200
  7. March 6, 1909–February 26, 1913
    J. Barendrecht, Consul for Japan, Kwantung and Korea. Introduction: January 7/March 10, 1909 (the second letter states that Barendrecht started on March 6). Accepted by Emperor: April 24, 1909. JACAR B16081076000, B16081077100
    1. February 17–February 26, 1910
      The Belgian consul takes care of consular affairs while Barendrecht is on an official trip to Formosa. JACAR B16081076300
    2. August 1, 1911–April 16, 1912
      W. H. de Beaufort, vice-consul, takes care of consular affairs while Barendrecht is on leave. JACAR B16081077100
  8. February 26, 1913
    P. Staal, Vice-Consul, takes care of consular affairs after Barendrecht is stationed in Calcutta, India. JACAR B16081077100
  9. November 20, 1913–1915
    G. S. D. Hamel, Consul for Japan. Royal Decree: October 20, 1913. Introduction: November 13, 1913. Accepted by Emperor: November 20, 1913. JACAR B16081077100
  10. October 20, 1915–1920
    P. R. Borger, Consul. Royal Decree: August 16, 1915. Introduction: October 4, 1915. Accepted by Emperor: October 20, 1915. JACAR B16081077100
  11. November 3, 1920–1923
    Marius Johannes Quist, Consul for Japan. Royal Decree: August 23, 1920. Introduction: October 13, 1920. Accepted by Emperor: November 3, 1920. JACAR B16081077100, B16081077300
    1. December 7, 1921–January 4, 1922
      L. P. J. Decker, Vice-Consul at Yokohama, temporarily moves to Kobe to take care of consular activities while Quist is ill. JACAR B16081077100
  12. April 10, 1923–1926
    Christiaan Sigismund Lechner, Consul. Lechner arrived in Kobe on April 3. Royal Decree: January 26, 1923. Introduction: April 3, 1923. Accepted by Emperor: April 10, 1923. JACAR B16081077100
  13. October 20, 1926–1928?
    W. H. de Roos, Acting Consul while Lechner is on leave. T. Elink-Schuurman, Vice-Consul. JACAR B16081078200
  14. 1929 — T. Elink-Schuurman, Acting Consul
  15. 1930–1934 — Christiaan Sigismund Lechner, Consul-General

1935 — MISSING

  1. 1936–1939 — W. H. de Roos, Acting Consul-General

1940 — MISSING

  1. 1941–1942 — Johan Burchard Diederik Pennink, Consul-General (photo)

WWII

  1. 1952–1959 W. H. de Roos, Consul General
  2. 1961–? — G. J. Dissevelt, Consul General
  3. 1966–? — N. van Zelm, Vice-Consul
  4. 1974–? — W. Ch. E. A. de Vries, Consul General
  5. 1976–1979 — K. J. Stadtman, Consul General | G. M. Kruissink, Vice-Consul
  6. 1980–1981 — G. M. Kruissink, Acting Consul General
  7. 1982–1985 — J. A. Kooy, Consul General
  8. 1986–1990 — J. H. A. Leydekkers, Consul General
  9. 1991–1995 — Willem Joris Witkam, Consul-General

OSAKA

  1. 1868–1871? — Pieter Eduard Pistorius, Vice-Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  2. 1872?–1874? — Johann Carl Jacob Klein, Vice-Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  1. 1995 — Willem Joris Witkam, Consul-General
  2. Aug 1995–1999 — Hendrik Cornelis Johannes (Henri) Everaars, Consul General
  3. 1999–2005 — Jan de Vries, Consul General
  4. Aug 2005–Jul 2009 — Dirk Jan Kop
  5. July 2009–2012 — Margarita Maria Bot
  6. August 23, 2012–July 20, 2017 — Roderick Franciscus Nicolaas Willibrordus Wols, Consul-General
  7. August 2017-2021 — Gerard Theo Michels, Consul-General
  8. August 2021–Current — Marc Kuipers, Consul-General

KANAGAWA/YOKOHAMA

  1. June 18, 1859–November 15, 1863 — Dirk de Graeff van Polsbroek, Vice-Consul/Consul
    1. March 30, 1861 — Dirk de Graeff van Polsbroek becomes Consul
  2. January 28, 1864–March 1, 1867 — George Frederic Plate, Consul
  3. March 1, 1867–1871? — Willem Martinus van der Tak, Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)
  4. 1872—1874 — A.J. Bauduin, Acting Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)

1875 — MISSING

  1. 1875?–1879 — W. C. van Oordt, Consul
  2. 1880–1881 — Johannes Jacobus van der Pot, Consul (Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij)

1882–1891 — The Consulate is represented by the Belgian and German Consuls
1892–1896 — MISSING

  1. May 20, 1896–1897
    E. D. van Walree, Vice-Consul. Royal Decree: February 13, 1896. Introduced: May 11, 1896. Accepted by Emperor: May 20, 1896. JACAR B16081069900
  2. August 29, 1897–1900
    Jacob Hendrik de Reus, Vice-Consul/Consul. Vice-Consul E. D. van Walree moves to Shanghai. Royal Decree: June 14, 1897. Introduced: August 10, 1897. Accepted by Emperor: August 29, 1897. JACAR B16081070400
    1. July 1–August 17, 1898
      R. A. Mees. Mees temporarily replaces De Reus because of sickness.JACAR B16081070600, B16081070700
    2. October 12-November 5, 1898
      R. A. Mees, “Dutch citizen”. Mees temporarily replaces De Reus because of sickness. JACAR B16081070800, B16081070900
    3. March 6, 1899
      Jacob Hendrik de Reus becomes Consul. Royal Decree: January 10, 1899. Announced: February 27, 1899. Accepted by Emperor: March 6, 1899. JACAR B16081071000
    4. July 1–September 5, 1899
      R. A. Mees, “Dutch citizen”. Mees temporarily replaces De Reus because of sickness. JACAR B16081071200, B16081071400
  3. April 9, 1900–November 6, 1905
    H. Klingen, “Dutch citizen”/Vice-Consul, takes over the consular duties from De Reus who has left for Kobe. JACAR B16081071900, B16081074000
    1. October 24, 1900
      H. Klingen, Vice-Consul. Introduced: October 11. Accepted by Foreign Office: October 24, 1900. JACAR B16081072300
  4. March 1, 1905
    Friedrich Wilhelm Retz, Acting Vice-Consul as Klingen takes leave. Klingen resigns on October 11; Retz stays on until a new consul is nominated. Retz was a German merchant. JACAR B16081073400

September 19, 1906–1917
The Consulate is represented by the Belgian Consul. JACAR B16081074300

  1. January 1, 1918
    Leon van de Polder, Councillor of the Netherlands Legation, acts as Vice-Consul until the arrival of a definitive consul. JACAR B16081077300
  2. March 7, 1918–October 15, 1920
    M. J. Quist, Consul-in-charge. Quist arrived on March 7. Introduced: March 8, 1918. JACAR B16081077300
  3. October 15, 1920–March 22, 1922
    L. P. J. de Decker, Vice-Consul. JACAR B16081077300
    1. December 7, 1921–January 4, 1922
      J. B. Snellen, student interpreter at the Legation in Tokyo is Interim Vice-Consul while De Decker temporarily replaces Quist in Kobe because of illness. JACAR B16081077100
  4. March 22–May 30, 1922
    H. M. J. Fein, Vice-Consul. Fein soon became ill and had to leave Japan. JACAR B16081077300
  5. May 30–Jul 3, 1922
    W. J. R. Thorbecke, Secretary temporarily takes care of consular activities until a new consul is appointed. JACAR B16081077300
  6. Jul 3, 1922
    M. J. W. Bode, Vice-Consul. JACAR B16081077300
  7. November 2, 1922–September 1, 1923
    Hw. D. Visser, Vice-Consul. Visser died in the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923. Royal Decree: July 31, 1922. Introduction: November 2, 1922. Accepted by Emperor: N/A. JACAR B16081077300
  8. January 22, 1924–1942
    M. S. Wiersum, Vice-Consul. Royal Decree: November 9, 1923. Introduced: January 5, 1924. Accepted by Emperor: January 22, 1924. JACAR B16081077900

WWII

  1. 1961 — D. W. van Wulfften Palthe, Acting Consul

SAPPORO

Bij Koninklijk Besluit van 7 juni 2012, nr. 12.001285, is het consulaat der Nederlanden te Sapporo (het Keizerrijk Japan) met ingang van 1 mei 2012 opgeheven.

GREAT KANTO EARTHQUAKE

  1. “Omtrent den te Yokohama omgekomen Nederlandschen consul W. D. Visser, die oud-Hagenaar is, bericht het “Vad.” [dagblad Het Vaderland] nog, dat hij juist den avond vóór den noodlottige dag van verlof op zijn post was teruggekeerd en hiervan nog telegrafisch aan de autoriteiten had kennis gegeven. De heer Visser, die de leeftijd van 30 jaar bereikte, was tevoren aan onze consulaten te Antwerpen en Singapore verbonden en stond wegens zijn nauwgezette plichtsbetrachting en aangenamen omgang bij zijn chefs hoog aangeschreven.” De Tijd, September 11, 1923.

NOTES

  • JACAR numbers: documents in Miscellanea about appointment and dismissal of consuls of various foreign countries in Japan Netherlands, Volumes 2 through 5 (6-1-8-3_6_002 through 6-1-8-3_6_005), Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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