File No. 894.4054/20

The Secretary of State to the Japanese Ambassador

No. 40

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of July 25, 1917, relative to the admission into the United States of so-called “picture brides” coming from Japan, and to state that a copy of your note was promptly sent to the Secretary of Labor for his information and for such action as he might deem advisable.

The Department of State has today received a reply, dated August 20, 1917, from the Secretary of Labor, a copy of which is enclosed herewith. I beg to express to your excellency the satisfaction with which the Department of State views the prospect of a happy solution of the question which has been at issue.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing