The following news piece was translated from an article in the Greek newspaper EMBROS.
THE SLAUGHTER OF SMYRNA
THE BRAVE STANCE OF THE JAPANESE
Embros, September 4, 1922 (September 17 on the Gregorian calendar).
It's worth emphasizing the philanthropic and brave stance of the captain of the Japanese ship Tokei-Maru after it managed to save 825 refugees of Greek ethnic origin who were being subjected to Turkish threats.
The Japanese captain, who was moved by the wild massacres and the appeals of the refugees, sent all the ship's lifeboats to take as many refugees as was possible. After surrounding the lifeboats, an officer of the Kemalist Army then threatened to sink them.
The Japanese captain, who was personally troubled by this, then declared to the Kemalist officers, that if even one single hair follicle of the refugees were touched, he would consider it an insult to the Japanese flag and the Japanese Government would demand immediate compensation.
As a result of this threat, the Kemalists consulted with their leaders and were obliged to let the refugees board the Japanese ship.
A Japanese flagged ship (quite likely the Tokei-Maru) at Smyrna in September 1922.