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Japan emperor's record may shed light on his war role

Published on Jan 10, 2014 7:26 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's imperial palace plans to disclose in full a soon-to-be-completed official record of the late emperor Hirohito's life, possibly shedding some light on the contentious issue of his disputed role in World War II.

The Imperial Household Agency is expected to finish in late March a 24-year project to compile the record, an agency official said Friday, adding that the work will be submitted to reigning Emperor Akihito, the eldest son of Hirohito, in April or later.

Grand Steward Noriyuki Kazaoka, who heads the agency, told Japanese media on Thursday that he did not want to see any part of the record "blacked out" from public eye.

"Some people may think that what could not be released 30 years ago can be released with the passage of time," he was quoted as saying by the daily Yomiuri Shimbun. "We wish to include as much as possible."

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