5 Myths About Emperor Hirohito

On the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War II, separating the legend from the history

Royal Roots

660 B.C. Jimmu, a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu, becomes the first Emperor 1762 Empress Gosakuramachi ascends the throne, the last of eight women to...

Japan: Ritual of Reconciliation

When South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan traveled to Tokyo last week on an unprecedented three-day state visit, one question hung over the proceedings: Would...


In his dark grey 1951 Cadillac with the 16-petal imperial chrysanthemum crest upon it, Emperor Hirohito made an official call on Supreme Allied Commander...

Milestones, May 5, 1980

ENGAGED. Prince Tomohito, 34, Oxford-educated son of Japan's Prince Mikasa, the youngest brother of Emperor Hirohito; and Nobuko Aso, 25, a Tokyo English...

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