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Memoirs of Emperor Hirohito to be printed in Japan

30.05.2018 210 просмотров

171 sheets of entries cover a period of 17 years - from 1928 to 1945. As historians believe, the authorship of the text belongs to one of the closest courtiers of the emperor.


The Office of the Imperial Palace of Japan, which has the document, is going to publish the memoirs. After the end of World War II, the text of the memoirs ended up in the United States, where it was kept for more than half a century. 

In December last year, at the auction of the Bonhams auction house, held in New York,  surgeon Katsuya Takasu, a collector documenting the history of the imperial family.

There is no consensus among historians about the origin of the memories. According to one version, the ruler of the Land of the Rising Sun dictated the text to his entourage immediately after the end of the war, at the request of the commander-in-chief of the Kwantung Army, Yamada Otozo. 

At the same time, the memoirs were compiled in such a way as to relieve the emperor of responsibility for the position of Japan in World War II. Experts familiar with the text claim that it says that Hirohito could not influence the decisions made by the country's cabinet. 

At the same time, other researchers believe that the memoirs were written at the request American General Douglas MacArthur, commander of the Allied occupation forces in Japan, who helped carry out reforms in the country and took an active part in the development of the new Japanese Constitution.

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