Hirohito was the emperor of Japan from 1926, when he succeeded his father Taisho (Yoshihito).
As from June 1942, the war turned against Japan, Tojo involved increasingly in the national life, asking the people who made sacrifices on their behalf. When, in 1945, the defeat became imminent, he started too late, to exert more influence in government, having failed, however, prevent the release of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His speech on the radio in Japan on August 15, 1945, announcing the surrender of the previous day, was the first time a Japanese emperor went directly to his people. Following the Second World War, during the U.S. occupation and after this, the Showa emperor ruled Japan with dignity. He was a scholar of botany and zoology, and author of books on marine biology.
When Emperor Hirohito succeeded his son Akihito.
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