Emperor Hirohito memoir bought by Japanese doctor

World | 7 Dec 2017 11:29 am

The buyer of a memoir by Japanese Emperor Hirohito that sold in New York for US$275,000 has been identified as a Japanese plastic surgeon who wants to give the document to the imperial family.

Dr. Katsuya Takasu tells The Associated Press in Tokyo that "it feels like it’s finally coming home.” 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.

Takasu says he has no plans to show the work to the public.

The 173-page document offers the emperor’s recollections of World War II and was dictated to several of his aides soon after the war ended. It was sold at Bonhams Wednesday.

The memoir was created at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whose administration controlled Japan at the time. -AP

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