National Committee on American Japanese Relations Minutes, February 2, 1924

Executive Committee
Saturday, February 2, 1924.

The meeting was called to order by Mr. George W. Wickersham, Chairman. Those present were Dr. Linley V. Gordon, Dr. Sidney L. Gulick, Dr. Charles H. Levermore, Dr. James G. McDonald and Mr. Fennell P. Turner.

The Secretary gave a brief report of his recent visit to China, Manila, Korea and Japan. (The full report in volume form has been mailed to all members and honorary members of the Committee.)

The report of the Treasurer shows that the balance in hand, January 31, 1924, amounts to $329.03. The traveling expenses of the Secretary during his year of absence amounted to $2,207.90, of which this Committee provided $960.00, the remainder being met by the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America and the Committee of the Kumiai (Japanese Congregational) Churches.

The proposal to amend certain articles in the statement of the Committee's "Policy and Program" was considered point by point, the revised statement being unanimously adopted. The principal items of the revision consist of clauses calling for (a) a new treaty which shall take the place of the "Gentlemen's Agreement," (b) more rigid restriction of Japanese immigration, (c) removal of the evils of dual citizenship, and (d) bestowal of privileges of naturalization on all who qualify personally. (The reprint of our "Policy and Program," as revised, is enclosed herewith.)

After discussion of certain features of the immigration bill now before the House of Representatives (H.R. 6540), the enclosed preamble and resolutions were adopted, and a covering letter to be written by the Chairman to members of the Senate and House of Representatives was approved.

It was voted to authorize the publication of two pamphlets, "New Factors in American Japanese Relations" and "Japanese in Hawaii."

An appeal from the Japanese Peace Council for $5,000 annually for three years was reported. This Council represents nine cooperating organizations in Tokyo, all of which suffered complete loss of offices and property during the recent earthquake, and are unable to resume activities because of the financial losses of most of their members. Various suggestions were made to the Secretary and he was instructed to see what might be done to secure the funds needed.


Sidney L. Gulick [signed]