>> A hand written monologue dictated by Japan's former emperor Hirohito fetched $275,000 at an auction in New York, that's more than expected. Reuters reporter Roselle Chen was there.>> We're here looking at the Emperor's Monologue, Emperor Hirohito's 173 page account of World War II.>> The auction included two twine bound notebooks written in pen and pencil by an interpreter and advisor to the Emperor.
The document records events dating from the 1920s, and reveals the Emperor's hesitation to go against his military during the war. The monologue explains that if Hirohito had vetoed decisions by his cabinet, it would have resulted in turmoil within his country.>> He realized that if he wanted to be in power, he had to do what they wanted.
And that is an interesting fact since obviously throughout to the late 30's through the 40's, military decisions were being made which he could not contest.>> The emperor died in 1989 of natural causes, and was succeeded by son Akihito. And is expected to abdicate his largely symbolic role in 2019.