The widow of a former top aide to Emperor Hirohito said in a newspaper interview she decided to make public her husband’s memorandum to tell the public that the Emperor was a talkative and humorous man.

Tomoko Tomita, the 81-year-old widow of former Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Tomohiko Tomita, said in an article printed Friday by the Sankei Shimbun she was surprised by the strong reaction to the release of her husband’s memorandum, which was published July 20 by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

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