Hirohito (裕仁?, Apryle 29, 1901 - Januar 7, 1989) wis the Emperor (天皇, tennō?) o Japan the noo, an the 124t Emperor accordin ti Japan's tradeetional order o succession. He wis succeedit bi his eldest son, Akihito. In Japan, he is nou referred tae primarily bi his posthumous name, Emperor Shōwa. The wird Shōwa is the name o the era that correspondit wi the Emperor's ring, an wis made the Emperor's awn name upon his daith. The name Hirohito means "abundant benevolence".

Hirohito / Emperor Shōwa
裕仁 / 昭和天皇
Emperor o Japan
RingDecember 25, 1926 –
Januar 7, 1989
EnthronementNovember 10, 1928
Prime Meenisters
Born29 Apryle 1901(1901-04-29)
Aoyama Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Dee'd7 Januar 1989(1989-01-07) (aged 87)
Fukiage Palace, Tokyo, Japan
BuirialFebruar 24, 1989
Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
SpouseEmpress Kōjun
IssuePrincess Teru
Princess Hisa
Princess Taka
Princess Yori
Emperor Akihito
Prince Hitachi
Princess Suga
Full name
Hirohito (裕仁)
HooseImperial Hoose o Japan
SeegnaturHirohito / Emperor Shōwa 裕仁 / 昭和天皇's signature

At the stairt o his ring, Japan wis awreidy ane o the great pouersthe nint-lairgest economy in the warld, the third-lairgest naval pouer, an ane o the fowr permanent members o the cooncil o the League o Naitions.[1] He wis the heid o state unner the Constitution o the Empire o Japan in Japan's imperial expansion, militarisation, an involvement in Warld War II. Efter Japan's surrender o the war, he wis nae prosecutit for war crimes as mony ither leadin govrenment feegurs war, an his degree o involvement in wartime deceesions remeens controversial.[2]


  1. Northedge, Frederick S. (1986). The League of Nations: Its Life and Times, 1920–1946. New York: Holmes & Meier. pp. 42–48. ISBN 978-0841910652.
  2. Yoshimi, Yoshiaki; Matsuno, Seiya (1997). Dokugasusen Kankei Shiryō II (毒ガス戦関係資料. II), Kaisetsu. Jugonen Sensō Gokuhi Shiryoshu (十五年戦争極秘資料集). Tōkyō: Fuji Shuppan. pp. 27–29.