Hirohito Emperor of Japan Author:Leonard Mosley Hirohito (4/29/01-1/7/89) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from '26 to '89, called the Sho-wa period. Since his death he has been known as Emperor Sho-wa' in Japan, the posthumous name given him by order of the Japanese cabinet. Altho he's widely referred to as Hirohito outside of Japan, p... more »ast emperors are only referred to in Japan by their posthumous names. His reign was the longest of any historical emperor.
Jacket: 'Hirohito was dominated by a military power clique bent on conquest who in the 1930s virtually seized control of Japan. While the Japanese military excused or justified their acts in the name of the Emperor, Hirohito was rarely consulted, & it was not until 1945 that he finally stopped the war. Why did he remain silent? What was this man really like? Leonard Mosley clearly defines the role of Hirohito in WWII.'« less