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Majima, Kan (1893-1969)

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Majima, Kan (1893-1969)


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Kan Majima (1893–1969) was among the first physicians in Japan to take up the cause of birth control. As a physician in Kobe, the social problems of the ill-treatment of the infants led him to become interested in the movement. With Senji Yamamoto and Isoo Abe, Majima launched Sanji chosetsu hyoron (Birth Control Review) in 1925. He helped found the Japan Birth Control League in 1931.

He was arrested on suspicion of violation of the law against abortion and was detained in the gaol for 26 days in 1934. He was declared guilty and was sentenced to 10 months in jail with a stay of execution.

After the war ended in 1945 he re-established Japan League for Birth Control. In this he obtained support from the Ministry of Public Welfare. He was engaged in the movements for the restoration of diplomatic relations with Soviet Union and Mainland China, and he established National Congress for the Restoration of Diplomatic Relations of Japan with Soviet Union and China.