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James Victor Martin, Japanese Foreign service officer, writer. Avocations: painting, woodblock printing, photography. M C.


Martin,, James Victor was born on November 15, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan. (parents American citizens). Son of James Victor Senior and Esther Belle (Ludwig) Martin.


Bachelor, DePauw University, 1938. Master of Arts, Tufts University, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, Tufts University, 1948.

Postgraduate in Japanese language, Harvard University, 1941—1942. Postgraduate in Japanese language, Yale University, 1948—1949. Student, National War College, 1961—1962.


Vice consul, United States Consulate General, Bombay, 1946-1948;political officer, head translation section, Office of Political Adviser, Tokyo, 1949-1950;economics officer, United States Consulate General, Kobe-Osaka, Japan, 1951-1953;principal officer, United States Consulate, Fukuoka, Japan, 1953-1956;officer-in-charge Japanese Affairs, unites states department State, Washington, 1956-1958;personnel planning staff, unites states department State, Washington, 1958-1961;chief political section, United States Embassy, Rangoon, Burma, 1962-1964;United States political adviser, Office of the United States High Commission to the Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, 1964-1967;political counselor, United States Embassy, Canberra, Australia, 1968-1970;country director for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands,, unites states department State, Washington, 1970-1973. Lecturer Far East international relations American U., Washington, summer 1961. Occasional lecturer United States Asian policy U. Maryland.

Extension, Okinawa, 1965-1967. Consultant Pacific Islands, unites states department of Interior, Washington, 1973-1974.


  • Avocations: painting, woodblock printing, photography. M C.


The Gospel of Christ is the message that can lead one to salvation. It shows the essential steps that one must take to secure the goal that God wishes all to attain.


The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.


It is good for Christians with different approaches to the interpretation of the Bible to engage with each other and argue how the Bible should be applied to issues in our contemporary world.


Trustee Japan-American Society Washington, Inc., 1982-1989. Board directors Committee for Community Democracies-United States of America, Washington, 1983-1992, vice president, 1986-1987. Secretary, treasurer Committee for Community of Democracies (District of Columbia), Washington, 1985-1988.

Lieutenant United States Navy, 1941-1946, PTO. Member Association for Asian Studies, Mid-Atlantic Region Chapter Association for Asian Studies (treasurer 1972-1976), Washington and Southeast Region Seminar on Japan, Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired.


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Married Elizabeth Shaler Smith, June 28, 1941. Children: Sarah Martin Brown, Susan P. Martin, David Ludwig Martin.

James Victor Senior Martin,

Esther Belle (Ludwig) Martin,

Elizabeth Shaler Smith

Sarah Martin Brown Martin,

Susan P. Martin Martin,

David Ludwig Martin Martin,