The Gentlemen's Agreement

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The Gentlemen's Agreement
The end of the Russo-Japanese War resulted in an increase in the number of Japanese people immigrating to the United States. Residents of the West Coast began to fear that they were being overwhelmed by Japanese immigration. The local San Francisco school authorities passed a regulation stating that Japanese children had to attend special schools. This was considered an insult in Japan, and there was talk of war. President Roosevelt then invited the school board to Washington. They agreed to what became known as the "Gentlemen's Agreement." Under this agreement, the Japanese agreed to withhold passports from laborers intending to migrate to the United States. In return, the United States agreed not to formally limit Japanese immigration.