Emperor Showa's monologue auctioned at $275000 in NY

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 7, 2017

Japanese cosmetic surgeon Katsuya Takasu made a successful bid on a memoir by Emperor Hirohito offering his recollections of World War II and beforehand, buying it for $275,000, almost double its expected top price, the auction house Bonham said Wednesday. "So it feels like it's finally coming back".

The winning buyer was from Japan, according to Alice Lok, a spokeswoman for the auction house Bonhams.

Takasu has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Jewish human rights group, for using social media to praise Nazi Germany and describe the Holocaust and the Nanjing massacre in China as fabrications.

Takasu hopes to be able to give the memoir to the only grandson of current Emperor Akihito, although there is a price limit on gifts to the imperial family of about $1,300.

Comprising two volumes with a total of 173 pages, the monologue shows thoughts given by Emperor Showa in his own words on momentous events before, during and after World War II.

The memoir, also known as the imperial monologue, covers events from the Japanese assassination of Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin in 1928 to the emperor's surrender broadcast recorded on August 14, 1945.

The memoir concludes with the emperor's statement that if he had vetoed the decision to go to war, it would have resulted in a civil conflict that would have been even worse and "Japan would have been destroyed", the auction house said on its website.

The document is believed to be a carefully crafted text created to play down Hirohito's responsibility in case he was prosecuted after the war. The memoir was transcribed by Hidenari Terasaki, an imperial aide and former diplomat who was translator when Hirohito met McArthur.

The transcript was kept by Terasaki's American wife, Gwen Terasaki, after his death in 1951 and then handed over to their daughter, Mariko Terasaki Miller, and her family.

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