A memoir by then Japanese Emperor Hirohito about Japan’s slide into the second world war fetched US$275,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday.
The 173-page document, written in pencil by an aide to the emperor in the spring of 1946, was sold to Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu, according to auction house Bonhams.
Takasu said in Tokyo that “it feels like it’s finally coming home”.
He said he was trying to figure out how to give it to the only grandson of current Emperor Akihito, because there was a limit on gifts to the imperial family.
In the memoir, the emperor said that if he had refused to accept the Cabinet decision to launch the Pacific War, Japan would have been thrown into disarray and perished.