Crown Prince Akihito (right; Japan’s current emperor) with his father, Emperor Hirohito, and mother, Empress Kojun, in the 1950s. Picture: AFP Crown Prince Akihito (right; Japan’s current emperor) with his father, Emperor Hirohito, and mother, Empress Kojun, in the 1950s. Picture: AFP
Crown Prince Akihito (right; Japan’s current emperor) with his father, Emperor Hirohito, and mother, Empress Kojun, in the 1950s. Picture: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

China’s long and distinguished history of rule-breaking emperors

The last emperor, Puyi, was forced from his throne, but other monarchs have gone much more willingly

Crown Prince Akihito (right; Japan’s current emperor) with his father, Emperor Hirohito, and mother, Empress Kojun, in the 1950s. Picture: AFP Crown Prince Akihito (right; Japan’s current emperor) with his father, Emperor Hirohito, and mother, Empress Kojun, in the 1950s. Picture: AFP
Crown Prince Akihito (right; Japan’s current emperor) with his father, Emperor Hirohito, and mother, Empress Kojun, in the 1950s. Picture: AFP
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.