Margaret Sanger, "Japanese and War," 9 Aug 1922.
Source: " Birth Control Advocate Finds Japs Talk War, Kansas City Kansan, Aug. 9, 1922, p. 1."
For a similar statement, see "Interview with the International News Service," Sept. 5, 1922.
"They talk war and nothing but war in Japan."
This was the lasting expression left on the mind of Mrs. Margaret Sanger, who has returned to Europe en route for America after an extensive tour in the east under the aegis of the International Birth Control association.
Mrs. Sanger traversed the east propagating an unknown and very delicate subject and was accompanied only by her twelve-year-old son. She returns to western civilization proud and happy with her accomplishments.
"I found the Japanese most interested in the subject," said Mrs. Sanger. "At first they were skeptical. I had to grope my way to find what angle of the situation most appealed to them. It was different from the American."
"You know in America the American husband is just a big baby where the health of his wife is concerned, and therefore it was easy to get the sympathy of every American when it was pointed out to them that the health of their wives was impaired if they bore over three babies."
"That angle was lost on the Japs. The health of their wives was nothing to them. They were listless when I played on that point. They still have the old eastern idea that the women are merely created for their pleasure and the reproduction of their species."
"But on the questions of economics they were all agog. It is just as expensive to rear and educate a large family in Japan as it is in New York, and the matter of cost roused the Oriental conscience to a great degree."
"Then they became most interested in the subject. They questioned me on all angles of the problem. The most delicate points they wanted discussed to the most academic degree. With me they were very frank, but never objectionable, and afterward when I convinced them that our methods neither meant the taking of life nor demanded husbandly restraint they were with me to a man."
"The result was that before I left Japan we had formed an association with branches in every big city and clinics were in the process before I left."
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