(Emperor Shōwa)

  • Born: April 29, 1901
  • Died: January 7, 1989
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Profession: Leader









Hirohito was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 25 December 1926, until his death on 7 January 1989. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Akihito. In Japan, reigning emperors are known simply as "the Emperor" and he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name, Emperor Shōwa (昭和天皇). The word Shōwa (昭和) is the name of the era (Shōwa period (昭和時代, Shōwa jidai, potentially "period of enlightened peace/harmony" or "period of radiant Japan")) coinciding with the Emperor's reign, after which he is known according to a tradition dating to 1912. The name Hirohito means "abundant benevolence".

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… blind followers … Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Beware most strictly of any outbursts of emotion that can engender needless complications, or any fraternal contention and strife that may create confusion, lead you astray and cause you to lose the confidence of the world. Let the entire nation continue as one family from generation to generation, ever firm in its faith of the imperishability of its divine land … War & Peace
Complete concrete studies quickly concerning the conclusion of the war. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Defeat [in World War II] was better for the nation than if we had become extremely militaristic as a result of victory. War & Peace
Domestically, I sincerely wish to bring harmony to the people by kindheartedly guiding them to the good, thus promoting the further prosperity Leaders & Leadership
Everywhere in the world discrimination between yellow and white remained, as in the rejection of immigration to California and the white-only policy in Australia. These were sufficient grounds for the indignation of the Japanese people. Discrimination & Prejudice
Extremist thought is about to overwhelm the world. Liberals & Conservatives
I cannot bear to see my innocent people suffer any longer. Ending the war is the only way to restore world peace and to relieve the nation from the terrible distress with which it is burdened. War & Peace
I intend to remain in this divine land and fight to the death. Leaders & Leadership
Join cooperatively with one another, put aside self-interest, and take on service to the public … Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Military men predominated and gave no thought to the larger situation. They knew how to advance but not how to retreat. Military & Veterans
My duty is to pass this nation, which I inherited from my ancestors, on to future generations. Abiding by what Emperor Meiji preached, I will bear the hardships and carry out my duties and be loyal to the nation. After giving considerable thought to this matter, I am determined to devote myself to rebuilding the nation, while bearing the hardships. What would happen if I abdicated? People would ask why I abdicated. In that case, there would be turmoil. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Nothing is going the way it was supposed to. Management & Managing Government ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Intergovernmental Relations ;Military & Veterans
Organs of military command and political organs should try not to interfere on their respective spheres. Intergovernmental Relations
Our military men placed too much weight on spirit and forgot about science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Our people believed too much in the imperial country … Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Our people must make strenuous efforts and always adopt flexible ways. Religion & God
The trusted men around me would have been killed, I myself might have been killed or kidnapped. Actually I was virtually a prisoner and powerless…. My opposition would never have been known outside the Palace. It might have gone to most barbaric war, and it would have been impossible to stop the war at all, no matter what I did War & Peace
The war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage. War & Peace
Today, however, the world is deeply troubled everywhere and disorder seems endless. As the disasters that humankind may suffer are immeasurable, we sincerely hope to bring about a cessation of hostilities and a restoration of peace, and have therefore ordered the government to ally with Germany and Italy, nations which share the same intentions as ourselves …. War & Peace
We must bow to the inevitable. This is a good time to end the war. War & Peace
We must not be forced to agree to merciless peace terms. War & Peace
We shall determine all matters of state by public discussion, after assemblies have been convoked far and wide. Management & Managing Government
What a reckless war that would be! Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
That most unfortunate war, which I deeply deplore. War & Peace
The war has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage. War & Peace