Yokohama - Great Kanto Earthquake
By Franz Metzger, Class of 1958
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When I was researching for story associated with Canadian Pacific Steamship, CPS, that served as an impromptu refugee and hospital for the displaced and injured Yokohama residents on September 1, 1923, I came across THE JAPAN WEEKLY CHRONICLE issues on September 13th and 20th with stories of Yokohama foreign residents and Empress of Australia and Canada. These ships were operated by Canadian Pacific Steamship between Vancouver, Yokohama, Kobe and Hong Kong. In 1949 Canadian Pacific Airlines, sister company of Canadian Pacific Railway, to Tokyo and Hong Kong commenced operation, I joined this company in 1959.

Below please find transcribed articles from The Japan Weekly Chronicle which gives account of what happened to the foreign community in Yokohama on that fateful September 1, 1923. If some of your parents, relatives were living in Yokohama during that time this may enlighten you further. Also not transcribed are refugees' Passenger Name Lists.
Entrance to Yokohama Foreign Cemetery is a Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 Memorial for those who died.
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Article Date: September 13th 1923
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