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Unearthed Documents Reveal Emperor Showa's Consideration of Abdication

Unearthed Documents Reveal Emperor Showa's Consideration of Abdication

   Tokyo, Aug. 19 (Jiji Press)--Late Japanese Emperor Hirohito considered the possibility of his abdication after a peace treaty was signed to formally end World War II hostilities, according to newly found documents.
   The documents also unveiled that Emperor Showa--so called posthumously--considered the need for Japan to rearm itself and revise its pacifist postwar Constitution to this end.
   They further revealed that Emperor Showa was unable to fulfil his wish to express his deep remorse and regret over the war before the public.
   The documents are notes written by Michiji Tajima, who was the first grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency for five and a half years, about his exchanges with Emperor Showa.
   Tajima, who also had served as chief of the agency's predecessor from 1948, recorded dialogues he held over 600 times with Emperor Showa.

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