from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hirohito 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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  • n. 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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  • Rufus Hirohito is the playboy scientist in charge of the current-generation GRW program, and his life is inverted by the news that Paraqan, an oil-rich middle-eastern dictatorship, has attained its own GRW and plans to destroy its neighbors.

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  • (They converse in English: Hirohito knows several languages.)

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  • In an idle moment, he invented a fanatical one-eyed general in Hirohito’s Imperial High Command consumed by a visceral hatred of England after a brief stay in Harrogate.

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  • Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan he is now referred to exclusively by his posthumous name, Emperor Shōwa.

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  • **I should note that my grandmother shares a birthday with the Shôwa emperor, otherwise known as Hirohito, and so her birthday is a national holiday in Japan.

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  • There are lots of Asian nuances, such as "Hirohito" properly being called "Emperor Showa" after his death.

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  • * But it was one when Hirohito became its emperor. Blog

  • Well, this is a little like complaining that the sentence “Hirohito ruled Imperial Japan” is inaccurate because Japan no longer has an empire. Blog

  • Ah yes: the infamous request for immunity for Hirohito the war criminal.

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  • Keeping Hirohito on the throne (and thereby exempt from prosecution) was not the only condition that the Japanese presented.

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