Regarding Yone Noguchi

To the Editor of The Japan Advertiser
     Sir,—I beg to call your attention to a gross misstatement of facts which appeared in your paper recently, in the headlines over an article written by Yone Noguchi. The position in which this statement appeared, no less than the substance of it, seemed designed to hurt Mr. Noguchi. I refer to the words, “His moral conduct and treatment of his wife led to a separation.” Your correspondent has been misinformed. I, as the former wife of Mr. Noguchi, who know the facts, assure you that this statement is utterly untrue. Though I was not happy as Mr. Noguchi’s wife, I did not consider myself to be ill-used. On the contrary, he used such courtesy toward me as I should expect from one of my own countrymen. Nor was the moral conduct of either of us the cause of our separation, though this is usually assumed to be the most obvious cause of separation. We separated upon a mutual understanding.
     (It is possible that a thoughtful reader of Mr. Noguchi’s article in The Advertiser might find in the author’s own mental attitude and inability of appreciation of Western ideals a clue to the hopelessness of a union between such a thinker and an American woman.)
     As I have some regard for justice I cannot but feel indignant at your unjust attack, and most earnestly desire that you will publicly retract the erroneous statements which appeared in your paper of September 21.
     I beg to add that Mr. Noguchi contributes regularly toward our support. That I am making my living by teaching is hardly a matter for commiseration, since teaching was my chosen profession for many years before I met Mr. Noguchi.
Chigasaki, Sept. 29.

  • Japan Advertiser, 7 Oct. 1917, 4.