Lot 313: Letter of state in Japanese, boldly signed above his large red imperial seal, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 9.75 x 13.25, March 31, 1970. Letter to the president of Honduras, naming Koichi Suzuki to another term as ambassador. Countersigned in the lower left by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato and Foreign Minister Kiichi Aichi. In fine condition, with filing holes and creasing to one edge. Accompanied by an official translation in French.
The decade of the 1970s marked a major turning point for Japan in both domestic and foreign matters. The economy grew while the Japanese government sought to cultivate international relationships, with Hirohito playing a key role in this regard. In 1971 he traveled abroad to visit with Queen Elizabeth, and met President Gerald Ford in the United States four years later. Eisaku Sato was similarly important in diplomatic relations and signed the nuclear arms Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970, which later earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. This official letter of state is an uncommon format representing an important period in the development of modern Japan.
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