Hirohito's Achievements

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Emperor Shōwa, otherwise known as Hirohito, was the 124th emperor of Japan. He reigned from December 25, 1926 to January 7, 1989, when he died. His son, He was also the head of state for Japan during its involvement in World War II. After the war, he became the symbol of Japan’s recovery and at the end of his reign, Japan had the world’s second largest economy. He was succeeded by his oldest son, Akihito.

Born in April 29th in 1901 during the reign of Emperor Meiji at Tokyo’s Aoyama Palace, Hirohito was the first son of Crown Prince Yoshihito and Crown Princess Sadako. 70 days after he was born, he was placed under the care of Kawamura Sumiyoshi, a former vice-admiral who was to take care of “Prince Mishi” and his brother, Chichibu. At the three years old, he and his brother were returned to his family home after Sumiyoshi died. Then, at the age of seven, he started school at the Gakushūin Peers’ School. When his grandfather died in 1912, his parent took over the throne and became Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. Around the same time, he was brought into the army as a second lieutenant and into the navy as an ensign. He was also given a sash with the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Japan’s highest order. At thirteen years old, he graduated Gakushūin and went to a special institute for the crown prince from 1914 to 1921. A year before he graduated the institute, he was promoted to the Major rank in the
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The Princess was the oldest daughter of Prince Kuniyoshi Kuni. Princess Nagako later became Empress Kōjun, Kōjun meaning “fragrant purity”. They had 2 sons and 5 daughters; Princess Shigeko Higashikuni, Princess Hisa Sagako, Princess Takatsukasa Kazuko, Princess Yori Atsuko, Emperor Akihito, Prince Hitachi Masahito, and Princess Suga Takako. Princess Sagako died at 5 months and 28 days due to catarrh and suspected sepsis. Princess Kazuko died at 59 years old from heart

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