Interesting stuff, thanks Chris
If you dont mind me asking, why haven't these translations been done earlier than now... are they newly discovered documents etc?
No, this is almost all from existing documents (with some rare exceptions). I first started reading this stuff while living in Japan - and found that even most Japanese people never read it. It's very difficult even for native speakers in their own language - one of Ueshiba's direct students told me that he regarded reading these things an exercise in code breaking.
IMO, there's an element missing in most existing translations because the translators didn't have the background to evaluate certain parts of what the Founder was talking about.