It was not clear to me that our course was unjustified. Even now I am not sure how historians will allocate the responsibility for the war.
1945 Remark to General Mac Arthur, quoted in Edward Behr Hirohito (1989), introduction.
Endure what is difficult to endure and to suffer what is difficult to suffer.Hirohito
When I consider the dead and their families, I cannot repress my mental agony.Hirohito
We declared war on America and Britain out of Our sincere desire to ensure Japan's self-preservation and the stabilisation of East Asia.Hirohito
When I calmly consider this, the flame of anxiety burns my body. Towards the public, I am deeply ashamed of my lack of discretion... I would like to apologise to successive emperors and people by doing my best for reconstruction of the nation and people's happiness.Hirohito