Gentlemen`s agreements have come to regulate international activities as the coordination of monetary or trade policies.  According to Edmund Osmasczyk in the United Nations Encyclopedia and International Agreements, it is also defined as “an international term for an oral and unwritten but fully valid agreement.”  This type of agreement may allow a nation to circumvent national legal requirements to enter into a formal contract or it may be useful for a government to want to enter into a secret agreement that does not engage the next government.  According to another author, all international agreements are gentlemen`s agreements because, just before the war, they are all unenforceable.  Osmaczyk noted that there was a difference between gentlemen`s open agreements and secret diplomatic agreements.  In the United States, in 1890, the prohibition of gentlemen`s agreements was introduced in interstate trade relations because the secrecy of these agreements was beyond anyone`s control.  Japan was prepared to restrict immigration to the United States, but was seriously injured by San Francisco`s discriminatory law, which specifically targeted its people. President Roosevelt, who wanted to maintain good relations with Japan as a pole opposed to Russian expansion in the Far East, intervened. While the U.S. ambassador reassured the Japanese government, Roosevelt summoned the mayor and the San Francisco school board to the White House in February 1907 and convinced him to end segregation and promised that the federal government itself would address the issue of immigration. On February 24, the gentlemen`s agreement was reached with Japan in the form of a Japanese memo, in which it was agreed to deny passports to workers wishing to enter the United States and to recognize the right of the United States to exclude Japanese immigrants with passports initially issued to other countries. March 13, 1907 followed the formal withdrawal of the San Francisco School Board`s decision. A final Japanese note, dated February 18, 1908, made the gentlemen`s agreement fully effective. The agreement was replaced by the Immigration Exclusion Act of 1924.
On the west coast, an intense anti-Japanese atmosphere developed. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt did not want to anger Japan by passing laws banning Japanese immigration to the United States, as had happened with Chinese immigration. Instead, there was an informal “gentlemen`s agreement” (1907-1908) between the United States and Japan, in which Japan ensured that there was little or no movement in the United States. The agreements were concluded by U.S. Secretary of State Elihu Root and Japanese Secretary of State Tadasu Hayashi. The agreement banned the emigration of Japanese workers to the United States and repealed the order of segregation of the San Francisco School Board in California, which had humiliated and angered the Japanese. The agreement did not apply to the territory of Hawaii, which was then treated as separate and separate from the United States.
The agreements remained in effect until 1924, when Congress banned all immigration from Japan.  Similar anti-Japanese sentiments in Canada led simultaneously to Hayashi Lemieux`s agreement, also known as the Gentlemen`s Agreement of 1908, with substantially similar clauses and effects.  Until Jackie Robinson was hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, a gentlemen`s agreement ensured that African-American players were excluded from organized baseball.  A gentleman`s agreement, defined at the beginning of the 20th century as “an agreement between gentlemen who looks at price control,” was described by one source as the loosest form of a “pool.”  Such agreements have been declared in all industrial sectors and are numerous in the steel and steel industry.  Gentlemen`s agreements were a widespread discriminatory tactic, which would have been more common than restrictive alliances to preserve the homogeneity of upper-class neighborhoods and suburbs in the United States.  The nature of these agreements made it extremely difficult to prove or follow them, and they were long after the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Shelley/.