Japanese Public Justice Assocation

Japanese Public Justice Assocation

Also known as Kosei-Kai.


OrgNameJapanese Public Justice Assocation
DescThe Japanese Public Justice Association was formed in September 1931 in response to concerns regarding the actions of the RCMP as they dealt with the aftermath of Fred Yoshy’s immigration fraud conviction. Japanese Public Justice Association supported the prosecution of any ringleaders and accomplices who had aided in the illegal immigration scheme; helped immigrants who had no intention of obtaining illegal papers, but who had been misled; lobbied the government to be lenient with immigrants who had entered the country illegally; and would recommend that ship-deserters be assessed individually. The Association also provided useful information to the RCMP. They were involved in the case of Samejima v Canada. As part of Samejima’s appeal, the President of the Japanese Public Justice Association wrote to the Minister of Immigration and Colonization, asking for leniency in the handling of Samejima’s appeal.


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