A memoir by Japanese Emperor Hirohito (hee-roh-HEE'-toh) that offers his recollections of World War II has fetched $275,000 at an auction in NY.
Dr. Katsuya Takasu tells The Associated Press in Tokyo that "it feels like it's finally coming home".
The winning buyer was from Japan, according to Alice Lok, a spokeswoman for the auction house Bonhams.
Takasu has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Jewish human rights group, for using social media to praise Nazi Germany and describe the Holocaust and the Nanjing massacre in China as fabrications. He says he's trying to figure out how to give it to the only grandson of current Emperor Akihito, because there's a limit on gifts to the imperial family. It was created at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whose administration controlled Japan at the time.
Japan's Emperor Hirohito did not veto his advisers' decision to declare war on the United States in 1941 because he feared triggering an internal conflict that would destroy his country, he said in an account dictated to an adviser.
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 August 14, 1945.
The auctioneers have put an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 on the manuscript, which consists of two browning twine-bound notebooks written in pen and pencil by Terasaki Hidenari, an interpreter and adviser to the emperor, in 1946.
The monologue is believed among historians to be a carefully crafted text meant to defend Hirohito's responsibility in case he was prosecuted after the war.
The transcript was kept by Terasaki's American wife, Gwen Terasaki, after his death in 1951 and then handed over to their daughter, Mariko Terasaki Miller, and her family.