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February 24, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer and
Emperor Hirohito, a man once despised by much of the world as the symbol of ruthless Japanese military aggression, was honored by the international community today as kings, presidents and other representatives of 163 countries attended his elaborate state funeral.
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March 7, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The scene is a devastated Japan, August 1945, as "Emperor," the new historical drama starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones, begins. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are little more than smoking rubble and stone-faced survivors. Emperor Hirohito has officially surrendered but remains protected behind palace walls. Into the morass strides World War II hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Jones). He has exactly 10 days to decide whether to put the emperor on trial for war crimes and a cultural expert in Gen. Bonner Fellers (Fox)
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NEWS
December 27, 1989 | JONATHAN KIRSCH
Hirohito: Behind the Myth by Edward Behr (Villard Books: $22.50, 438 pages) When Hirohito died last January, few of his eulogists bothered to recall how close the Japanese emperor came to standing in the dock as a defendant in a war crimes trial after World War II.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Princess Kikuko, 92, the sister-in-law of Japan's late Emperor Hirohito and an unusually progressive member of the tradition-bound royal family, died Saturday in Tokyo of kidney problems. The widow of Hirohito's younger brother, Takamatsu, she was also the granddaughter of Japan's last shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa. Kikuko had been a champion of cancer research since the 1930s, organizing symposiums and awarding scientists for groundbreaking work.
NEWS
February 24, 1989
The Sojoden-no Gi and Taiso-no Rei, as the religious and secular rites in Emperor Hirohito's funeral ceremony are called, were held at downtown park, Shinjuku Gyoen, which was originally an imperial garden. His entombment took place at the Musashi Imperial Cemetery on the outskirts of the capital. (Times listed are for Tokyo). Friday, 7:30 a.m.-- Renso-Tojitsu Hinkyusai-no Gi, final ceremony at the hinkyu, or "Imperial Place of Rest," held at palace. 9:00 a.m.
NEWS
January 8, 1989 | Associated Press
Emperor Hirohito, who held divine status until Japan's defeat in World War II and endured to reign for 62 years, died Saturday of intestinal cancer, the government's chief spokesman announced. He was 87. Chief Cabinet Secretary Kenzo Obuchi said the emperor died at 6:33 a.m. (1:33 p.m. PST). Shoichi Fujimori, grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency, told a nationally televised news conference that Hirohito died of cancer of the upper duodenum.
NEWS
March 21, 1991 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Mariko Terasaki Miller, leafing through her father's diaries and looking at the pages of Japanese characters was a longtime ritual. Miller and her mother, Gwen Harold Terasaki, could not read the writing, but they were content to study the simple ink sketches of mountain ranges and family photographs and to point out the only Japanese words they knew--their names. Translation was out of the question.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
November 15, 1988 | United Press International
Emperor Hirohito, bedridden since Sept. 19, remained in stable condition Monday, a palace official said.
WORLD
November 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Japan's Emperor Akihito, marking the 20th anniversary of his coronation, says he is concerned that young people are forgetting their history. Akihito said Japan must not forget its past -- and especially the turbulent years his father, the late Emperor Hirohito, was on the throne -- if it is to learn from its mistakes. The 75-year-old monarch said at a brief news conference that it was regrettable Hirohito would be remembered by history for World War II and Japan's military advances into Asia prior to its defeat in 1945.
OPINION
March 7, 2007
PRIME MINISTER Shinzo Abe's attempt to finesse the Japanese government's role in forcing about 200,000 Asian women to work as sex slaves during World War II is worse than unfortunate. It is counterproductive -- and the best person to repair the damage is Emperor Akihito himself. Abe took office trying to improve relations with China and South Korea, but he has now torpedoed them by pandering to the Japanese right wing's most disgusting tendencies toward historical revisionism.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2005 | Michael Harris, Special to The Times
TOSHIO YOSHITAKE was ready to die on Dec. 12, 1944, in a kamikaze attack on U.S. Navy ships off the Philippines, but his plane developed engine trouble and he had to crash-land. He survived. Hideo Suzuki was trained to drop from a mother plane in an Oka rocket-assisted bomb, but World War II ended before his turn came to immolate himself. Likewise, Toshiharu Konada never got a chance to attack in a Kaiten manned torpedo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Princess Kikuko, 92, the sister-in-law of Japan's late Emperor Hirohito and an unusually progressive member of the tradition-bound royal family, died Saturday in Tokyo of kidney problems. The widow of Hirohito's younger brother, Takamatsu, she was also the granddaughter of Japan's last shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa. Kikuko had been a champion of cancer research since the 1930s, organizing symposiums and awarding scientists for groundbreaking work.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The American Cinematheque's "Battles Without Honor & Humanity: The Films of Kinji Fukasaku" reveals the veteran Japanese filmmaker, now 70, as much more than a cult director--indeed, as a major screen artist. Justly celebrated for decades for his no-holds-barred yakuza (gangster) pictures, Fukasaku brings to mind Samuel Fuller in his uncompromising, psychologically complex and visually dynamic films of much visceral impact and stinging social criticism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
"Book Reveals Hirohito the Militarist" (Aug. 11), about Herbert Bix's biography of Hirohito, magnifies the need for answers to long-time questions asked by ex-prisoners of war of the Japanese. We have known that the answers lie hidden in the secret records of Japan and the U.S. Or worse, were destroyed by Japan. Who in Japan ordered the inhumane, uncivilized treatment of the captured prisoners of war? Who ordered the transport of POWs to Japan for use as slave laborers of their industrial complex?
NEWS
October 8, 1987 | Associated Press
Emperor Hirohito, recovering from an intestinal operation two weeks ago, left the hospital Wednesday and returned to his residence.
NEWS
August 11, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dec. 8, 1941, was a busy day for Emperor Hirohito. After receiving reports of the successful Japanese surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor and other strategic sites in the Pacific--a battle plan he had known about in intimate detail for a month--he spent the day in meetings with his prime minister, privy council and senior military leaders. "Throughout the day, the emperor wore his naval uniform and seemed to be in a splendid mood," recorded the diary of Hirohito's top naval aide, Eiichiro Jo.
NEWS
July 28, 1995 | From Reuters
Emperor Akihito's tour of Hiroshima to mourn atomic bomb victims on Thursday was disrupted by a rare protest as activists demanded he apologize for the war Japan waged in his father's name. "Take responsibility for the war!" said a poster carried by a middle-aged man among about 70 people who shouted slogans.
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