Hirohito

Hirohito

…shot of the meeting, a decision to fight to the end, was not challenged by Hirohito.   In June 1942, the Hirohito met with his ministers, saying “I desire that concrete plans to end the war, unhampered by existing policy, be speedily studied and that efforts be made to implement them.” In July 1945, the Allies issued the Potsdam Declaration demanding the unconditional surrender of Japan. The Emperor decided not to surrender. On August 10, 1945, fo…



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Shōwa Emperor Hirohito

Shōwa Emperor Hirohito

…iroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor’s civilian government, Anam…



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Japan Surrenders

Japan Surrenders

…fter dawn the coup was crushed and the leaders committed suicide. At noon, Emperor Hirohito went on national radio for the first time to announce the Japanese surrender. In court language, unfamiliar to his subjects, he said: “We have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable.” 終戦の詔書 Emperor Hirohito Rescript at WWII end, English Translation Japanese ci…



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Hirohito’s Not the Sun God Anymore

Hirohito’s Not the Sun God Anymore

…glas MacArthur ordered the Shinto religion disestablished and its concept that the Emperor Hirohito was descended from Japan’s sun goddess to be disavowed. The Humanity Declaration was an imperial rescript issued by the Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) on New Year’s Day 1946 in which he denied being a living god,.Under the new constitution of Japan the Emperor would be described as “the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people,”…



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Emperor Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito is idealized as the infallible leader of an increasingly militaristic Empire of Japan. But who is actually calling the shots is a complex issue – the military appears to hold sway over the Cabinet, but consensus is still a national trait and the Emperor is more than just a passive pawn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuQz_CRxIxg…



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