File No. 894.4054/12

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of Labor

Sir: Referring to your letter of April 24, 1917, concerning the Japanese law relating to marriage, I have the honor to enclose herewith for your information copy of a note from the Japanese Ambassador in reply to a note which the Department sent him on the 28th instant enclosing your letter above-mentioned.

The Department is glad to note that the Japanese Ambassador is able to set at rest any doubt as to the legality in Japan of the marriages of the so-called “picture brides” and trusts that your Department will find his reply to its inquiry entirely satisfactory.

I have [etc.]

Robert Lansing