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gentlemen's agreement,

in U.S. history, an agreement between the United States and Japan in 1907 that Japan should stop the emigration of its laborers to the United States and that the United States should stop discrimination against Japanese living in the United States. This agreement was ended in 1924 by the act of Congress excluding immigration from Japan, as immigration from China had been previously excluded.
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Let's remember that this problem is based on a 40-year-old gentlemen's agreement. We need a revision of the accords and therefore this can be looked at from a positive perspective as a step forward.
"But he came down here on trial, people got wind of it, other clubs showed an interest and our gentlemen's agreement seems no longer to be a gentlemen's agreement.
Even if it were in Congress' power to grant a retroactive immunity--and this is a murky and open question--the implementation of such a gentlemen's agreement is still subject to the sway of politics.
He abhorred the gentlemen's agreement of the British scientific societies, established during the civil wars of the seventeenth century to avoid sectarian conflict, which dictated that one member's claims would not be publicly disputed by another member.
Pei has already worked out a gentlemen's agreement with the Javits Center to yield to their availability.
In 1944 he also began to direct movies, including A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gentlemen's Agreement, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront (for which he received an Academy Award for 1954), and East of Eden.
The Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is taking steps to end the gentlemen's agreement, dating back to 1970, which foresees that the European Council and the Council do not scrutinise each other's budget sections.
Hamilton was expected to sign in time for the weekend defeat to Aberdeen but Well failed to sign his release papers in time, prompting suggestions the Fir Park side had broken a gentlemen's agreement.
Scolari has a 'gentlemen's agreement' with the FPF that he will not commit himself to any other job before the World Cup.
RONAN KEATING, manager of chart topping band Westlife, today said he had ''a gentlemen's agreement'' with the five band members that they would not get married or have children for five years.
But the manager, who insists a gentlemen's agreement that he can talk to other clubs was made in the summer, is not likely to sign until he has studied it care fully.