Bid­der to re­turn Hiro­hito’s mem­oirs

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TOKYO – A tran­script of the mem­oirs of Ja­pan’s wartime em­peror, Hiro­hito, in which he ex­plained his coun­try’s rea­sons for en­ter­ing World War II, sold at auc­tion in New York on Wed­nes­day for $275,000.

The notes, hand­writ­ten in pen­cil and black ink by an im­pe­rial court of­fi­cial, cover the pe­riod from 1928 to 1945, and in­clude the em­peror’s ac­count of the events lead­ing up to Ja­pan’s en­try into World War II, the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor and the coun­try’s sur­ren­der.

Kat­suya Takasu, the win­ning bid­der, said on Twit­ter that he in­tended to bring the tran­script back to Ja­pan and re­turn it to the royal fam­ily.

On Thurs­day, Takasu, a cos­metic sur­geon who is well known for his right-wing po­lit­i­cal views, par­tic­u­larly about his­tory and Ja­panese ag­gres­sion dur­ing the war, an­nounced he was the win­ning bid­der, link­ing to a news story about the auc­tion on Twit­ter, and writ­ing, “It’s me!”

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