DescriptionEmperor Hirohito Letter Signed "Hirohito". Two pages, 13" x 9.25", np, nd. A cornerstone to any collection concerning Japan. Japanese Emperor Hirohito, in a Letter of State, announces the death of his Father, Yoshihito and his own ascension to the throne. He acceded in 1926 and his reign was marked by rapid militarization and aggressive wars against China and the United States. World War II ended with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1946, he renounced his divinity in favor of a democratic constitutional monarchy. In full the letter reads: "H I R O H I T O, By the Grace of God, Emperor of Japan placed on the Imperial Throne eternally held by the same Dynasty from the most ancient times, To His Excellency Dr. Hermando Siles, Mr. Siles, Mr. President of the Republic of Bolivia, Our Great and Distinguished Friend. Great and Distinguished Friend, Your Excellency would have had already received Our letter dated last February twenty-eight, informing him of the deep loss We have sustained of His Majesty the late Emperor, Our dearest and most revered Father, and announcing to You at the same time Our accession to the Imperial Throne. On this occasion, and with a very great desire to maintain with no interruption or easing off the relationship of a sincere friendship so fortunately uniting Our two Countries for such a longtime. We hasten to renew and confirm the Credentials from his Majesty the late Emperor accrediting Nobumichi Sakenobe, Jushii, decorated to the third class of Our Imperial Order of the Sacred-Treasure, as His Extraordinaire Envoy and Plenipotentiary Minister to the Republic of Bolivia Government. Convinced that Nobumichi Sakenobe would have known how to gain approval from Your Excellency through efforts that he must have had put forward in every occasion to increase and tighten the good relationship existing between Japan and Bolivia. We beg Your Excellency to please keep on giving credence to all his statements to You on Our behalf. We take this opportunity to assure Your Excellency of Our sincere friendship, as well as our most ardent wishes for His happiness and prosperity. We have signed herewith and have affixed the Empire Seal in our Imperials Palace in Tokyo, the sixteenth of the fifth month of the second year of Showa, corresponding to the year two thousand five hundred eighty-seven of Emporer Jimmu's accession to the throne."
Accompanied by an old official French translation, with embossed Japanese seal at the top, as well as a modern English translation. An exceedingly rare and important document; his signature is rare in any form. In very fine condition.
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