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New York, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1897.
To the Editor:
—Referring to Dr. Howard's article, "Pederasty vs. Prostitution," in the Journal of May 15, I would state the following facts: "In Japan, where prostitution is licensed, in some of the provinces tea girls and archery-gallery girls have assumed the position of unlicensed prostitutes. In the two provinces which have produced the greatest statesmen of that country, notably the statesmen who overthrew the old Tycoon and restored the power of the Mikado, Choishin and Tatsuma, pederasty is wide-spread and licensed prostitution was never permitted. In these provinces and among those who hail from these provinces the homo-sexual vice is shamelessly rampant; it is even theoretically defended with would be scientific arguments. In the Saigo rebellion in 1877 a Minister of the Interior was assassinated because he loved the bichonen of another statesman. Bichonen is the name given to the puer. The
Ashmead AS. Pederasty vs. Prostitution.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(13):658. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440390048019
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