20 March, Tuesday

MacArthur-requested Hirohito memoir expected to fetch up to $150,000 at New York auction


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A memoir by the late Emperor Hirohito that offers his recollections of World War II is predicted to fetch between $100,000 (about ¥11.2 million) and $150,000 at an auction in New York.
The 173-page document was dictated to several of his aides soon after the end of the war. It was created at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whose administration controlled Japan at the time.
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 Aug. 14, 1945.
The document’s contents caused a sensation when they were first published in Japan in 1990, just after the Emperor’s death.
It’s scheduled to be auctioned at Bonhams on Dec. 6.

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