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(1920)

Japan,   pp. 1-48 PDF (16.5 MB)


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JAPAN'
ALLEGED DISCRIMINATIONS AGAINST JAPANESE NATIONALS IN
THE UNITED STATES-CONVERSATIONS IN WASHINGTON RE-
GARDING A POSSIBLE MODIFICATION OF THE "GENTLEMEN'S
AGREEMENT "-PASSAGE OF THE CALIFORNIA LAND LAW,
NOVEMBER 2,1920
811.5294/310
The Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs, Department of
State (MacMurray) to the Amrbassador in Japan (Morris),tern-
porarily in the United States
MEMORANDUM
[WASHINGTON,] June 16,1920.
In accordance with your request of yesterday, I took occasion when
consulting with the Secretary about the California question, last
night, to inquire of him when and how he had presented to the Cab-
inet the question raised by the California Initiative Petition. He
said that he brought up the subject just three weeks ago (May 25th).
In reply to a further question, he said that he had presented the
matter on the basis of a memorandum which I had prepared by his
direction at that time.
This evidently refers to the attached memorandum epitomizing the
essential points of the initiative proposal.
MACM[UIRRAY]
[Enclosure]
Memorandwm by the Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs,
Department of State (MacMurray)
[WASHINGTON, undated.]
MR. SECRETARY: The initiative proposal now circulating in Cali-
fornia, in the latest draft available to the Department (that of May
14, 1920) contemplates two fundamental purposes:-
(1) To prevent the holding of agricultural lands by aliens not
pligible to citizenship; and
(2) To prevent evasions of the existing restrictions upon their
right of holding lands, through the employment of guard-
ians or trustees or holding companies.
See also subjects under China and Russia.
126794-vol. III  36  7


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