Here is a copy of an Imperial mandate by Korean emperor 純宗皇帝 when Korea was to be annexed;
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Emperor says here,
I suceeded a profession of non-virtue and hardship,
Until today, I ordered and tried new government ordinances,
it was not yet completed but weakness of this country increased and it is exhausted, and there is no hope to regain power.
Day and night I worried but there is no policy available and I stood absent-mindedly.
If we lose lots of benefits, we can’t settle them at the end.
Rather we’d better entrust it to others in order to get complete way and innovative result.
Therefore, I thought calmly by myself and decided myself,
I am going to give the sovereignty of Korea to the neighbouring country Japan’s His majesty the Emperor, whom I have been looking up from bottom of my heart, in order to strengthen peace over the far east and to protect public welfare around the area.
So all the people of Korea should think about the situation about this country, do one’s job without anxiety, obey the new cultural policy of Imperial Japan and enjoy happiness.
My decision today doesn’t mean that I forgot the people of Korea,
it is due to the intention to relieve and let live the people of Korea.
So all the people should remember my will.
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