Margaret Sanger, "Some Suggestions for Japan's Future Populations Studies," 31 Oct 1952.

Source: " Family Planning Movement in Japan (Tokyo, 1953), pp. 17-18Library of Congress Microfilm 128:283B."

For draft versions see Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Smith College Collections S72:725, 727, and 729. At the top of one of these drafts, Sanger wrote: "These suggestions were given wide publicity today Oct 31 through the Mainichi Press. It was later published as a pamphlet by the Population Problems Research Council and Mainichi Press, along with Address to the Japanese People, Nov. 1, 1952.


By Margaret Sanger

There is an urgent need throughout the world to form an accurate picture of factors causing the rapid increase of World Population.

Each country can cooperate in ascertaining these factors in the hope that eventually the United Nations will be instrumental in proposing a plan to its constituents that will improve the conditions both in physical health and economically for each Nation. Lacking basic data on population problems has prevented an objective approach to methods to be applied to solve them. If proper and adequate data relative to birth and death rates; attitudes toward and involved in spacing birth of children; limitation of size of family; methods of contraception; motivations effecting reproductive results. These data could afford a foundation for the formulation of a Population Policy, which every country should strive to attain.

1. Set up a plan to extend the next five years of study in population problems. 2. Compile facts contributing to the high birth rate and population increase of Japan. 3. Set up a Teaching Center Clinic where graduate medical students may have access to films, literature, research records, and be taught the correct technique of contraception and sterilization. 4. Recommend that an educational program by instituted by Government agencies covering hospitals, Public Health groups, and Welfare agencies. 5. Investigate latest Research studies both chemical and mechanical, and recommend wide distribution of these methods most suitable to individual conditions throughout the country. 6. All of the above should aim to be instrumental within two years in helping to form a basis for the inauguration of a Population Advisory Board, consisting of National experts in the studies of Demography, Population, Biology, Agriculture, Soil Conditions, Medical and Physiological experts.

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