With Sanger rapidly approaching San Francisco, the Japanese government reviewed the issue and decided to refuse her entry. Officials believed that Sanger's presence threatened social disruption and as a society that saw the nation's population as a measure of the its military and industrial strength, Japanese leaders distrusted birth control as a Western import that might weaken their nation.
February 15, 1922
The Home Ministry's policy is to prohibit this kind of speech in our country. She [Sanger] may be refused landing, because she falls into the category described in No. 3, Clause 1, Article 1 of the Regulations Relating to the Entry of Foreigners. Therefore, you should not issue her a visa. Send this message to Japanese consuls in Seattle, Honolulu, and Vancouver.[A]
Clause 1, Article 1 of the Regulations Relating to the Entry of Foreigners: "Prefectural governors are authorized to prohibit the landing of foreigners who fall into one of the following categories. . . . No. 3: those who are likely to disturb the public peace and corrupt public morals."
A.The Consul in Seattle was Hiroshi Saito, in Honolulu, Keiichi Yamasaki, and in Vancouver, Kadzu Saito. By sending this telegram to the other West Coast consulates the Home Ministry sought to prevent Sanger from trying to leave from another port.
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