Prince Mikasa, Emperor Akihito's uncle, turns 100

National Dec 2, 2015

Prince Mikasa, Emperor Akihito's uncle, turns 100

Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, turned 100 years old on Wednesday. The prince is the oldest member of the Imperial family, living through the reign of three different Emperors in the Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras. He is the only living royal family member ...

The coup against the Emperor's broadcast that never was

National / History 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

Film Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

by Mark Schilling

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 was ...