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Lot 85: Hirohito. Document signed as Emperor of Japan.

Historical Auction 84

by Profiles in History

April 18, 2016

Calabasas, CA, USA

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  • Hirohito.  Document signed as Emperor of Japan.
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85. Hirohito. Document signed as Emperor of Japan, 1 page (23.5 x 18 in.; 597 x 457 mm.), [Tokyo] Showa 11th Year [7 December 1936] conferring the Order of the Sacred Treasure Grand Cross to Tetsutaro Inoue of Kyoto University. Neatly rolled and housed in its original wooden presentation box. Document bears some mild creasing toward margins, extremely light but even toning; otherwise, in fine condition. The box bears some minor external wear, with the lid missing one small section. 

Emperor Hirohito of Japan awards the Order of the Sacred Treasure Grand Cross to a Kyoto university professor dated 7th December 1936 – five years-to-the-day prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The attractive award document bearing Emperor Hirohito’s large signature is offered together with three Sacred Treasure of the Grand Cross medals, each accompanied by their corresponding lapel pins and housed in exquisite lacquered boxes.

Hirohito signed this document at a formative period in Japanese history. Within seven months, Japan would invade China, beginning the Second Sino-Japanese War. The war, which saw the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and the capital at Nanking, resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of soldiers and civilians. The war would continue for several years, until, with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the conflict became incorporated in the Second World War.

Emperor Meiji of Japan established the order in 1888 (originally called the Order of Meiji), and the honor is bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to academic and scientific research, healthcare, social work, and government. 
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