Commentary / Japan 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.

Editorials 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 ...