Emperor Hirohito's war


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History Today
Vol. 41, no. 12 (December 1991), p. 12-19


What did Hirohito really think of Pearl Harbour? On the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the US into the Second World War, Herbert Bix offers a provocative reassessment of the Showa Emperor's responsibility for the conflict, drawing on his translations from diaries and memoirs of Hirohito and his court circle