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[21 Feb 1922]
[Japanese Visa Refusal]
Mrs. Sanger to Sail Tomorrow for Far East, San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 21, 1922
San Francisco Chronicle
Sanger, Margaret, tours, 1922 (Japan)
MRS. SANGER TO SAIL TOMORROW FOR FAR EAST
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
IS NOT SURPRISED
"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.
OVERPOPULATION BIG PROBLEM
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.
TO FORBID LECTURES
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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