Emperor Hirohito shortly before his death in 1989. Picture: Kyodo

Unearthed poems lay bare shame of Hirohito, Japan’s wartime emperor

  • Hundreds of poems written by Emperor Hirohito after the second world war reveal a man haunted by past mistakes
Topic |   Japan

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Emperor Hirohito shortly before his death in 1989. Picture: Kyodo
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.