The coup against the Emperor's broadcast that never was

Aug 6, 2015

The coup against the Emperor's broadcast that never was

Just hours before the radio broadcast of Emperor Hirohito’s announcement to the Japanese people that their government had accepted the military’s unconditional surrender in World War II, a coup d’etat was being hatched with one of the aims being to steal the master records ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

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Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who ...

Stories of unprecedented destruction and Japan's eventual surrender

Aug 5, 2015

Stories of unprecedented destruction and Japan's eventual surrender

On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors ...