* Hirohito’s early years
* Rise to power
* Achievements and historian judgment
* Japan defeated - End of the dictatorship
* Personal opinion
“We have resolved to endure the endurable and suffer what is insufferable”
Hirohito’s early years:
Japan's longest-reigning monarch, Michinomiya Hirohito, was born on April 29, 1901, in the Ayoma Palace in Tokyo, Japan, the first of four sons of Crown Prince Yoshihito and Princess Sadako. His childhood title was Prince Michi. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan he is now referred to primarily by his successive name Emperor Shōwa which translates to “Enlightened peace”.
Following long-established custom, Hirohito was separated from his parents shortly after birth. He was cared for by a vice admiral in the imperial (of the empire) navy until November 1904, when he returned to the Akasaka Palace, his parents' official residence. Even after his return to the palace, he was only allowed to see his mother once a week and hardly ever spent time with his father.
From early on, Hirohito was trained to act with the dignity, reserve, and sense of responsibility his future role would require and he grew into a shy and serious young boy. In April 1908 he was enrolled at the Gakushuin (Peers School) in a special class of twelve boys. The head of the school was General Maresuke Nogi, a celebrated soldier of the Russo-Japanese War. He took a personal interest in the education of the young prince and attempted to introduce him to respect the virtues of hard work, the importance of devotion to the nation, and the practice of endurance.
In 1912 Mutsishito (Hirohito’s grandfather) died and paved the way for Hirohito's father Yoshihito to take the throne. Hirohito then began an intense study of natural history. Under the guidance of his natural history tutor, he developed an interest in marine...