Originally published 01/14/2015
Herbert P. Bix
It sanitizes his weak leadership during World War II.
Originally published 09/30/2014
Herbert P. Bix
The Japanese government’s new biography perpetuates the false but persistent myth of a benign, passive figurehead.
Originally published 03/07/2013
Emotions have been running high at screenings of the historical drama "Emperor."The Japanese American coproduction, which opens Friday, revolves around the dilemma Gen. Douglas MacArthur faced as he tried to restore order in post-World War II Japan: Should the country's divine leader, Emperor Hirohito, stand trial and face certain death on war crimes charges?When the producers screened "Emperor" recently in Japan, producer Gary Foster said, many men were in tears as they left the theater."It was almost a cathartic moment," he said....
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