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 (hîr′ō-hē′tō) 1901-1989.
Emperor of Japan (1926-1989) who advocated the Japanese government's unconditional surrender that ended World War II (1945). In 1946 he renounced his divine status.
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(Biography) 1901–89, emperor of Japan 1926–89. In 1946 he became a constitutional monarch
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(ˌhɪər oʊˈhi toʊ)

1901–89, emperor of Japan 1926–89.
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Noun1.Hirohito - emperor of Japan who renounced his divinity and became a constitutional monarch after Japan surrendered at the end of World War II (1901-1989)Hirohito - emperor of Japan who renounced his divinity and became a constitutional monarch after Japan surrendered at the end of World War II (1901-1989)
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Japan's wartime emperor Hirohito wanted to express his regret and remorse shortly after World War II but the prime minister at the time stopped him, local media reported Tuesday, citing newly disclosed documents.
Akihito's reign began upon the death of his father, Hirohito, whose life had spanned decades of domestic and international turmoil.
His landmark apologies for the wartime aggression launched in the name of his father, Hirohito, helped ease often fraught relations with neighbors China and South Korea, which bore heavy blows from Japan's militarism.
The American-led occupying authorities in postwar Japan, under General Douglas MacArthur, did not demand that Emperor Hirohito abdicate or face trial before an international tribunal.
Akihito became Japan's 125th emperor on January 7, 1989, following the death of his father Hirohito on the same day.
Members of the Japanese royal family rarely speak out about their views, in part because the emperor was stripped of political power after Japan's defeat in the World War II, which was fought in the name of Akihito's father, Hirohito, when he was revered as god.
Japanese Crown Prince Hirohito during a visit to England in 1921
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