Japan's Emperor Hirohito was so overcome with remorse he wanted to die, diary reveals

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Japan's Emperor Hirohito was so overcome with remorse he wanted to die, diary reveals

Hirohito, Japan’s wartime emperor, had given up the will to live towards the end of his life, desperate to avoid the anguish of being blamed for his role in World War II, his aide’s diary has revealed.

The diary of the late chamberlain Shinobu Kobayashi, obtained by Kyodo News, revealed that the aging emperor was haunted by talk of his wartime responsibility.

"There is no point in living a longer life by reducing my workload. It would only increase my chances of seeing or hearing things that are agonizing," he was recorded as saying in a diary entry dated April 7, 1987. The emperor died two years later, aged 85.

His remarks were reportedly made to Mr Kobayashi while he was staying at the royal residence in the capital, Tokyo, at a time when the Imperial Household Agency was trying to reduce the scope of the emperor's official dut ies.

"I have experienced the deaths of my brother and relatives and have been told about my war responsibility," the emperor added.

Source: Google News Japan | Netizen 24 Japan

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