Tag Archives: Emperor Hirohito of Japan

Flashback Friday: An Afghan-Japanese State Visit

  April 14, 2017 at 3:00 am by

April 14, 1969: The monarchs of Japan and Afghanistan pose for a photo at the Tokyo Imperial Palace during the Afghan King’s state visit. Left to right are Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Queen Humaira and King Mohammed Zahir Shah of Afghanistan, and Empress Nagako of Japan.

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Royalty and the Olympics: Host Nations

  July 25, 2012 at 8:29 am by

With the Games of the XXX Olympiad kicking off on Friday in London, the TRF Blog will be looking at the connection between Royal Families and the Summer Olympic Games throughout history over the next few days. Our first blog entry focuses on royal nations which have hosted a Summer Olympic Games. Greece: Athens 1896 The first Games of the Modern Olympiad were held in the traditional home of the … Continue reading

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Was Emperor Hirohito Born Out of Wedlock?

  April 29, 2009 at 12:56 am by

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Prince Yoshihito (who was to become Emperor Taisho afterwards) and Princess Sadako were married in a small ceremony at eight o’clock in the morning on May 10, 1900; at the Imperial Shrine on the palace grounds in Tokyo. Only members of their immediate families attended the rites, and on April 29, 1901; nearly one year after the wedding, their first son, Hirohito, was born. … Continue reading

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Is Japan’s Monarchy Anti-Democratic?

  March 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm by

“The monarchy is a brake on any hopes of deepening Japanese democracy and making it real. As long as it exists, democracy has quotes around it.” This is the opinion of Herbert Bix who has written a book about Emperor Hirohito that won the Pulitzer-prize. As Bix is an expert concerning the Japanese monarchy, his words are certainly well worth to be taken into careful consideration, disagreeable as their implications … Continue reading

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