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Old 09-28-2007, 10:13 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, 10:31 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, 11:52 AM
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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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Old 07-23-2011, 04:29 AM
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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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Old 12-10-2011, 11:44 AM
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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.
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, 05:05 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, 05:24 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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Old 11-19-2014, 09:39 PM
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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, 03:50 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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Old 02-20-2016, 09:18 AM
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An interesting BBC documentary about Emperor Hirohito and his role in the war:
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Old 02-20-2016, 09:42 AM
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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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