How Did Margaret Sanger's 1922 Tour of Japan Help Spread the Idea of Birth Control and Inspire the Formation of a Japanese Birth Control Movement?
The staff of the Margaret Sanger Papers Project collaborated with Japanese scholars Rui Kohiyama and Kazuhiro Oharazeki to create a digital presentation of documents that told the story of Sanger's 1922 trip to Japan for the Alexander Street Press digital collection on Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000." The documents were published in 2011, with an addendum of additional Japanese documents published in 2014. Click here for a document list. To view the presentation, you must subscribe to the database or request a free trial.
Margaret Sanger's 1922 lecture tour of Japan resulted in a public discussion of birth control and population problems and provided a strong impetus for the formation of a Japanese birth control movement. The English and Japanese-language documents selected for this document project demonstrate how the Japanese government's attempt to suppress Sanger's speech created a public relations triumph for Sanger and birth control both in Japan and the United States. The documents also offer insight into Japan's evolving movement for women's rights and the West's perception of Japanese society.