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Emperor Showa’s monologue auctioned at $275,000 in N.Y.

Jiji PressNEW YORK (Jiji Press) — What is believed to be the original of a monologue of Emperor Showa sold for $275,000 at a Bonhams auction in New York on Wednesday.

Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu, who runs Takasu Clinic, claimed on his blog that he won the auction, adding that he will return the document, “Showa Tenno Dokuhakuroku” (Emperor Showa’s Monologue), to the Imperial family.

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.

It was written by late diplomat Hidenari Terasaki, one of aides to Emperor Showa, and published in an edition of Bungeishunju, a Japanese monthly magazine, in 1990.

According to the auction house, the original manuscript had been kept by a relative of Terasaki in the United States after his death.

The monologue is “the only extant full record of the emperor’s spoken memoirs” and constitutes “a key resource for the understanding of 20th-century Japanese history,” Bonhams said.Speech

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