Sep 16, 2014

The ghost of Emperor Hirohito

by Eri Hotta

The recently completed 61-volume record of the life of Emperor Hirohito shows him hopelessly ambivalent about how to end Word War II as he sought "another brilliant military gain" for Japan so that it would have diplomatic clout in negotiating a settlement.

Sep 11, 2014

Gaps in record of late Emperor's life

The Imperial Household Agency has made public a 61-volume, 12,000-page record of the life of Emperor Hirohito, who reigned from 1926 to 1989. The compilation took more than 24 years, but the record does not include what the emperor said about Japan's war in ...

Official record shows pain of Emperor Hirohito about war

Sep 9, 2014

Official record shows pain of Emperor Hirohito about war

From before the war and all the way through to the end, Emperor Hirohito continued to be distressed that he could not stop the military from plunging Japan into war, the Imperial Household Agency’s official record of his reign showed Tuesday. On July 5, ...

Emperor Hirohito's decisions led to end of war

| Sep 9, 2014

Emperor Hirohito's decisions led to end of war

Emperor Hirohito made key decisions that led to the end of World War II in 1945 amid simmering opposition among Imperial Japanese Army leaders, according to his annals released Tuesday. After the atomic bombings, Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa, attended a conference Aug. ...

| Sep 9, 2014

Changing times affected Yasukuni Shrine visits

Emperor Hirohito visited Yasukuni Shrine almost every year following the so-called Manchurian Incident in 1931, which marked the beginning of Japan’s invasion of China. Later, however, he was forced to alter the timing of visits to the Shinto shrine in Tokyo or cancel them ...

Jan 10, 2014

Extensive record on Emperor Hirohito coming

The Imperial Household Agency is scheduled to finish compiling an official record of the life of Emperor Hirohito in late March for submission to Emperor Akihito as soon as the following month, an official said. The agency intends to release the entire record of ...

Nov 23, 2013

Re-engineering Shinto

by David Mcneill

Japan’s ancient, indigenous religion, premodern Shinto, was considered one of the world’s least dogmatic, laidback belief systems. Many of its earthy, animist rituals were tied to a love of nature and tradition, anchored around festivals and ceremonies honoring kami (gods) found in all aspects ...