- NAME: Hirohito
- OCCUPATION: Emperor
- BIRTH DATE: April 29, 1901
- DEATH DATE: January 07, 1989
- EDUCATION: The Gakushuin School (The Peers School), Crown Prince's Institute
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Tokyo, Japan
- PLACE OF DEATH: Tokyo, Japan
- AKA: Shwa Emperor
- AKA: Emperor Hirohito of Japan
- AKA: Emperor Hirohito
- AKA: Hirohito
- Full Name: Michinomiya Hirohito
- AKA: Showa Tenno
- AKA: Showa
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Hirohito is best known for being Japan's longest-reigning emperor. His reign lasted from 1926 until his death in 1989. He was a controversial leader who led Japan's military to surrender to the Allied Forces in 1945.
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While many wanted Hirohito to be tried as a war criminal, MacArthur made a bargain with the emperor that included the implementation of a new Japanese constitution and the denouncement of imperial "divinity." Thusly, Hirohito became Japan's first democrat. By playing this role, the emperor was finally able to lead his country into political and financial stability.
Until his death, Hirohito remained an active figure in Japan, even after his divinity was revoked. He acted as head of state and played an import role in rebuilding Japan's image to the rest of the world. He also focused on his love of marine biology, a subject on which he wrote several books.
On January 7, 1989, Hirohito died of cancer at the place of his birth: Tokyo's Ayoma Palace.
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