The Yaconin [Yakunin].—The Board of Immigration have placed Saburo [Tomisaburo Makino], (the Japanese official who came with the laborers in the Scioto), at school at Punahou. It was a condition imposed by the Tycoon [? shogun], in the permission given to our Consul, Mr. Van Reed, to send the Japanese to these Islands, that a Yaconin should accompany them, and remain until the expiration of their contracts. Saburo, therefore, while clothed by his own Government with a responsibility to look after his countrymen, during their voyage hither, and residence here, now that the laborers are distributed to their various places for work, and the call for his services in the management is infrequent, desires to improve his time in the study of the language and the books of the foreigners among whom his lot is cast for three years. We shall have in Saburo an opportunity to send back to Japan an educated man, acquainted with our ways, customs and country, and hereafter to be of service, we hope, in our father relations with Japan.
Should it be deemed advisable, a plan of immigration may be opened by which Japanese may be induced to come here, seeking employment, to engage in service after arrival, on such terms as may be agreed upon. Whenever the Japanese Government shall allow freedom to their people to go abroad at their own pleasure, (and the policy of restriction is giving way every year,) there is reason to believe that as many laborers as we may need—facilities for them to come and go being provided—will voluntarily seek our shores, under the stimulus of better wages than they receive at home.
(Hawaiian Gazette, 9/9/1868, p. 3)