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Old 09-28-2007, 11:13 AM
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Well firstly, Hirohito gave the order for a chemical weapon attack at Changde. These weapons had been pre-tested on British and Dutch PoWs at Kai Islands and the tests were authorized by the Emperor. I can't link you but you can either search the Australian National Archives or go through the war crimes papers which will show that Hirohito authorized most of the war crimes that took place. For example, the massacres of the Chinese in Singapore. Hirohito was of course, granted immunity from prosecution by the Allies but in reality, he should have probably been hanged along with his Generals because they were following his orders.
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:31 AM
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Douglas MacArthur

The americans punished him by humiliating him with this picture with MacArthur. Hanging him would have a wrong effect on the Japanese. It is strange for us to imagine how much he was revered by the Japanese in those days.
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:52 PM
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Oh I know and I'm sure hanging Hirohito would have led to riots but then who'd just won the war? I can't help but think that dropping those bombs was a display of control and that the Japanese wouldn't have reacted violently to the hanging of the Emperor with that threat hanging over them. I know to many British PoWs the Imperial Family getting off scot free still hurts - the protests when Emperor Akihito visited Britain for a start. Alot of people still feel that the real culprits were never punished.
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Hirohito's cigarette box turns up for sale in Cork - The Irish Times - Sat, Jul 23, 2011
AN unusual gift presented to the wife of an American general by the Emperor of Japan after the second World War has unexpectedly turned up at an auction house in West Cork.
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'Ningen Showa Tenno': new biography of HM the Emperor Showa

Biography of Emperor Hirohito by ex-Kyodo News reporter published - The Mainichi Daily News
[...] Over 1,000 pages long, the two-volume "Ningen Showa Tenno" is based on research and interviews with the emperor and other members of the imperial household by Hiroshi Takahashi, who began reporting on imperial affairs in 1974.
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Takahashi covered imperial affairs from 1974 while working for Kyodo and established himself as an expert in the field. Later he became a professor at Shizuoka University of Welfare and sat on a government panel on imperial issues in 2005 to debate whether a woman should be allowed to ascend the throne.
The book not only chronicles the life of the late emperor and the Showa era in which he reigned through 1989, but also discusses various challenges facing the current imperial family.
One of the key issues now being debated in Japan is whether the law should be changed to allow female members of the royal family to maintain their imperial status after marriage to a commoner. The current Imperial House Law stipulates that female members lose their royal status if they wed outside the imperial family.
Concerns have been raised that the number of royal family members could see a sharp decline in the future since a good number of unmarried royals are women. The issue could jeopardize the imperial succession in the event that there is no male heir to mount the throne.
"It might be Emperor Akihito himself who is most worried (about the matter)," Takahashi says in his book.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:05 PM
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The postcard on the occasion of the Emperor Showa and the Empress Kojun 60th anniversary.

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Old 03-16-2013, 06:24 PM
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Thank you for all the pictures of the deceased Emperor and Emperoress. One question, though. I've heard that Emperor Hirohito was a fan of Mickey Mouse and had a Mickey Mouse watch. Is that true?
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As a child, Hirohito was given an imperial education at the Gakushuin School, which was also known as the Peers' School.
How many years did he attend school at the Gakushuin School?
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:50 AM
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Emperor Showa attended Gakushuin from 1908 to 1914, along with his brother Prince Chichibu. After that he went to a dedicated establishment for the education of the Crown Prince. Prince Chichibu entered the Japanese Imperial Army.

As to the question asked last year by mjkimura1976, the Emperor and Empress's visited Disneyland in 1975, and the Emperor returned to Tokyo the proud owner of a Mickey Mouse watch. When the Emperor died in 1989, the watch is said to have been placed in his tomb. Also included was a ticket from the Paris Metro (or maybe it was the London Tube) from his visit in in 1921. It was the first time he had ever gone on public transport; his first taste of freedom, and the memory stayed with him for the rest of his life.
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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Pacific War next week, the Imperial Household Agency has released a series of photographs of the bunker within the grounds of the Imperial Palace where Emperor Showa broke the deadlock of his military advisors by speaking in favour of surrender. It is also where he recorded his announcement that Japan had surrendered, bringing the war to an end. He spoke in a high-pitched, archaic form of Court Japanese that most people could not understand. After it was broadcast a general had to explain what the Emperor had just said.

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An interesting BBC documentary about Emperor Hirohito and his role in the war:
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Thanks for the link!
The film is a trite rehash of old propaganda. This is typical of BBC.
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The most recent example of a regency was between 1921 and 1925, when then-Crown Prince Hirohito served as regent for his physically and mentally infirm father, the Taisho Emperor. (Interesting aside: One of the points raised during the committee meetings was that this period was peaceful for Japan in part because of the regency, in that Hirohito, being a mere junior officer in both the army and navy, could not justify military adventures on the will of the Emperor, their supreme commander, since he was clearly incapacitated.)
No country for old emperors | The Japan Times

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Japan's society was turbulent when then Crown Prince Hirohito served as regent for his father -- the only period when a regent was appointed for the Emperor in modern history. Prior to the appointment of the regent in 1921, then Prime Minister Takashi Hara was assassinated. In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake devastated Tokyo and its vicinity, and a terrorist attempted to shoot the regent in an attack known as the Toranomon Incident.

Then Crown Prince Hirohito became regent at the age of 20. Concerns over the ailing Emperor and the young regent added fuel to ongoing political strife. An assassination attempt on political bigwig Nobuaki Makino, who played a leading role in appointing Crown Prince Hirohito as regent for Emperor Taisho, and others was rooted in this turbulent period.
Japan Political Pulse: Emperor's wish to abdicate raises questions on Imperial Throne handover - The Mainichi
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Emperor Hirohito’s nod of approval played a large part in getting the Japanese government to fully accept a draft constitution drawn up by the Allied Occupation, according to a memo taken in 1946.

Toshiyoshi Miyazawa, a constitutional law professor at the University of Tokyo, wrote the memo during a meeting with then Prime Minister Kijuro Shidehara in September 1946.

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“The memo gives the appearance of a realistic judgment that accepting the draft was the only option, given the severe international situation surrounding Japan and its imperial system,” Takami said. “It is likely much closer to the actual situation than the GHQ documents.”

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The memo reports MacArthur saying that while he had made a decision about the issue of the emperor, there was opposition from some nations. Shidehara thought those nations were Australia, New Zealand and the Soviet Union, according to the memo.
Hirohito's assent lifted confidence in GHQ's draft constitution: The Asahi Shimbun
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Imperial Family:
Emperor Showa (1901-1989) and Empress Kojun (1904-2000);
this two first daughters,
Princess Shigeko (1925-1961),
Princess Sachiko (1927-1928);
and the brothers of the Emperor:
Prince Chichibu (1902-1953) and wife Princess Setsuko (1909-1995);
Prince Mikasa (1915-2016);
Prince Takamatsu (1905-1987) and wife Princess Kikuko (1911-2004).

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Memoir by Japanese Emperor Hirohito to be auctioned in NY: The Asahi Shimbun
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The 173-page document was dictated to several of his aides soon after the end of the war. It was created at the request of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, whose administration controlled Japan at the time.

The memoir, also known as the imperial monologue, covers events from the Japanese assassination of Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin in 1928 to the emperor's surrender broadcast recorded on Aug. 14, 1945.

The document's contents caused a sensation when they were first published in Japan in 1990, just after the emperor's death.

It's scheduled to be auctioned at Bonhams on Dec. 6.
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Bonhams : BONHAMS TO SELL EMPEROR HIROHITO'S RECOLLECTIONS OF WORLD WAR II
Bonhams : HIROHITO, EMPEROR SHOWA. 1901-1989. Autograph Manuscript in Japanese, Showa Tenno Dokuhakuroku 昭和天皇独白録 "The Emperor's Monologue," transcribed by Terasaki Hidenari
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Hirohito memoir on slide into war fetches $275,000 at N.Y. auction - The Mainichi
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The 173-page document, written in pencil by an aide to the emperor in the spring of 1946, was sold to Japanese plastic surgeon Katsuya Takasu, according to auction house Bonhams. Takasu said in a Twitter post that he will hand it over to the imperial family.

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In the memoir, the emperor said that if he had refused to accept the Cabinet decision to launch the Pacific War, Japan would have been thrown into disarray and perished.

Hidenari Terasaki, who transcribed the recollections, is a diplomat who served as an interpreter during a meeting between the emperor and Douglas MacArthur, the supreme commander for the Allied Powers after the war.
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Emperor Hirohito memoir bought by Japanese doctor - The Mainichi
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"It should have been in Japan, but it ended up overseas," Dr. Katsuya Takasu told The Associated Press in Tokyo. "So it feels like it's finally coming back."

Takasu said he wants to give the memoir to the only grandson of current Emperor Akihito, but said there is a limit of 150,000 yen (about $1,300) on gifts to the imperial family. He has no plans to show the work to the public or the media, and said he's trying to figure out a way to get it to Akihito's grandson.

Takasu was a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, but the organization terminated his membership last month after the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group, pointed out his use of social media to praise Adolf Hitler and deny the Holocaust and the Nanjing massacre.

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The two volumes are each bound with strings, the contents written vertically in pencil. It was transcribed by Hidenari Terasaki, an imperial aide and former diplomat who served as a translator when Hirohito met with McArthur.

The monologue is believed among historians to be a carefully crafted text intended to defend Hirohito's responsibility in case he was prosecuted after the war. A 1997 documentary on Japan's NHK television found an English translation of the memoir that supports that view.

The transcript was kept by Terasaki's American wife Gwen Terasaki after his death in 1951 and then handed over to their daughter Mariko Terasaki Miller and her family.
Surgeon thrilled at snapping up Hirohito memoir in U.S.: The Asahi Shimbun
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One of Japan's most famous plastic surgeons who successfully bid for what is believed to be a memoir of Emperor Hirohito's has revealed he would have paid anything to get his hands on it.

“It represents the soul of Japan that money cannot buy,” Katsuya Takasu said Dec. 7. “I was determined to successfully get it by any means.”

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Takasu said he initially hoped to present the document to Prince Hisahito...

But the Imperial House Economy Law requires a Diet vote when a member of the imperial family receives or presents a valuable asset.

The surgeon said he plans to “offer it to a venue where Hisahito can read it.”

In the 173-page document, Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, gives his recollections of World War II. He describes his exchanges with other imperial family members and Cabinet members by name and even gives his opinion of certain individuals. The emperor's words were dictated by one of his aides.

“The memoir shows that Hirohito had a human side,” Takasu said. “It should certainly be read.”

He added that he is expected to receive the memoir in about a week.
Cosmetic surgeon Katsuya Takasu pays $275,000 for Emperor Hirohito memoir at NY auction | The Japan Times
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The document auctioned this week was the only known copy of the memoir, which covers World War II and the era leading up to the conflict.

“I really wanted to see the original because the published text could have been edited. On top that, I slightly felt something like indignation because it was sold in an overseas auction,” Dr. Takasu said in a phone interview with The Japan Times on Thursday.

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An Imperial Household Agency spokesman told The Japan Times that the agency has not yet been contacted by Takasu. The spokesperson said that in general, under the Imperial Household Finance Act, the Emperor is not allowed to receive gifts beyond a total value of ¥6 million a year.

Takasu runs Takasu Clinic in Tokyo and four other group cosmetic hospitals in Japan. He drew public attention earlier this year when the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights group, claimed that Takasu praised Adolf Hitler and denied the Holocaust and the 1937 Nanking Massacre in social media messages.

On Twitter, Takasu wrote on Oct. 18, 2015: “I believe both Nanking (Massacre) and Auschwitz are fabrications.”

Takasu told The Japan Times on Thursday that he just believes the number of victims in the Nanking Massacre has been exaggerated. He added that while he accepts that people were killed and abused by the Nazis, he believes “toxic gas” was not used to kill victims at Auschwitz.

“I’m not a sympathizer of Nazism and don’t agree with their ideology, either,” Takasu said Thursday.

Emperor Showa’s Monologue was prepared in apparent preparation for the postwar International Military Tribunal for the Far East, better known as the Tokyo Trial.

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