, who died in 1989, is the grandfather of Emperor Naruhito, 59, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in May from his father Akihito, the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in more than two centuries.
President Jimmy Carter talks with Japanese Crown Prince Akihito as Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark chats with Princess Chichibu at a banquet given by Emperor Hirohito
for heads of state attending the economic summit in Tokyo Image Credit: AP
Nevertheless, Suzuki's analysis of these three rescripts, which are more often referred to just in passing than examined, does lay the foundation for future research into the role of Hirohito
and language in wartime Japan.
Such international worries, however, soon dissipated as Japan fell into an economic abyss shortly after Hirohito
's reign, from which it is only now showing signs of re-emergence.
And how did Emperor Hirohito
break the news to his people?
The authenticity is greatly assisted by Takataro Kataoka's subtle and detailed performance as Hirohito
Tommy Lee Jones is underused as General Douglas MacArthur, and, with the film fighting for air on too many fronts, Lost star Matthew Fox, pictured, makes for a rather dull General Bonner Fellers opposite Eriko Hatsune as love interest Aya Shimada.But the climax, when MacArthur finally meets Hirohito
, is fascinating - and validated by the end-credit, picture-led round-up of what happened to the leading characters.
After the war, while leaders of other Allied countries wanted to see Emperor Hirohito
go on trial for his involvement, Gen.
His wife provided copies of the letters to Emperor Hirohito
, the current emperor's father posthumously called Emperor Showa, his brother Prince Takamatsu and other imperial family members.
Akihito, who ascended the throne in 1989 after the death of his father, Hirohito
, was hospitalized in November for more than two weeks because of persistent fever and a severe case of bronchitis.
Speaking on the twentieth anniversary of his accesion to the Chrysanthemum throne, the 75-year-old said on Thursday that his father, Hirohito
, had opposed Japan's march to war.