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Japanese Emperor’s War Memoir Sells for $275k

 I don’t have $275,000 lying under my mattress or in my sock drawer. However, if I did I could’ve purchased something of pure royalty.

 

Emperor Journal

 Image Via NY Times

 

On Wednesday, Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s memoir went up for auction. It contained wartime stories and the reasons why he entered World War II. The aged notes were written by a court official in pencil and black ink and range from about 1928 to 1945.

 

Emperor Journal

Image Via NY Times

 

Emperor Hirohito’s memoir contains his accounts on events like the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Japan’s surrender to the U. S., which eventually led to concentration camps. Katsuya Takasu is the one who scored the big bid. A cosmetic surgeon with strong political views, Takasu was thrilled to return the memoir back to the royal family of Japan.

 

The memoir is sometimes called the Emperor’s Monologue and it starts to trace the causes of war back to 1919. He feared that if he vetoed the decision to fight, then Japan would be utterly destroyed by civil conflicts. All these reasons are given as answers to court officials over an eight hour period after the war is through. Supposedly, Douglas MacArthur had something to do with encouraging the emperor to start journaling about the war in the first place.

 

Will we ever know the true story? Well, $275,000 sure got us some pretty important answers.

 

 
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