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2014-06-24 MM 2015-03-09 CH recheck tags 2015-04-22 EK update index 2015-05-13 EK correct proof2015-08-13 CH regularizing doc titles Margaret Sanger [21 Feb 1922] [Japanese Visa Refusal] msp422011 Mrs. Sanger to Sail Tomorrow for Far East, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 21, 1922 San Francisco Chronicle
  • Sanger, Margaret, tours, 1922 (Japan)
  • Japan, overpopulation
  • Japan, censorship

    No matter what may be the views of the Japanese government on the delicate subject of birth control, Mrs. Margaret Sanger, head of the Birth Control League in the United States, has no intention of being deterred from entering Japan on that account. Mrs. Sanger, who is visiting San Francisco, was much encouraged yesterday by an Associated Press dispatch from Tokyo announcing that the Japanese government has no objection to her landing in the country provided she does not attempt to disseminate her ideas.


    "I am not surprised," she said. "When the Japanese authorities here refused to vise my passport my New York office at once got into communication with Tokyo, and undoubtedly the moderation of the official order has been brought about by pressure in the Japanese capital by the more liberal group there. Well, I'm glad of it, and besides all this excitement about my not being permitted to land will stir interest in what I have to say. That's good advertising." Mrs. Sanger will carry out her original intention, she said, and sail for Japan aboard the T.K.K. liner Taiyo Maru tomorrow. She will be the guest of Baroness Ishimoto, leader of the birth control movement in Japan, while in Toyko.


    Birth control ought to result in Japan in a movement which will have an important indirect bearing on world peace, in Mrs. Sanger's opinion. "By helping to prevent overpopulation," she explained, "birth control will remove the immediate pressure which is one of the chief causes of conflicts between nations. Japan's greatest problem is overpopulation." Yesterday's Associated Press dispatch from Tokyo pointed out that the refusal to vise Mrs. Sanger's passport was on the ground that propaganda along the line she proposed was illegal in Japan and an improper subject for public discussion. Instructions sent here by the foreign office, however, were not to be interpreted as meaning that she would be denied admission to the country.


    Japan's intention, according to Yusuke Akamatsu, chief of the immigration section of the foreign office, was to warn Mrs. Sanger that she would not be permitted to lecture, and to forestall any complaint that she did not know the Japanese attitude in advance.

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