The prize was instituted in April 1985 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Showa
, known as Emperor Hirohito before his death in 1989, and his studies in biology.
On the possibility of reducing his public duties in consideration of his age and health, the emperor said, "I would like to maintain the status quo for the time being," and referred to his father Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa
, who carried out his duties even when he was over 80.
His wife provided copies of the letters to Emperor Hirohito, the current emperor's father posthumously called Emperor Showa
, his brother Prince Takamatsu and other imperial family members.
Emperor Akihito became emperor immediately upon the death of his father, the late Emperor Hirohito, posthumously called Emperor Showa
, on Jan.
Emperor Hirohito -- posthumously known as Emperor Showa
-- composed the following tanka poem on April 28, 1952, the day when the peace treaty was put into force, releasing Japan from the occupation by the Allied forces that prevailed in World War II.
Russian film director Alexander Sokurov is preparing to make a film about Japan's late Emperor Hirohito, posthumously named Emperor Showa
, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported Thursday.
On this premise, Bix -- who taught for more than 10 years at Hitotsubashi University and Hosei University in Tokyo -- took on the project which eventually became a biography of Emperor Hirohito, known posthumously in Japan as Emperor Showa
after his Showa reign, which spanned more than 60 years.
7, 1989, following the death of Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa
, and his accession ceremony took place Nov.
With an Ikuo Hirayama painting, ''Good Omen,'' in the background, the din of Japan stories swirled in rounds of sushi and cocktails and floated up to the chandeliers in the Reception Room of the Old Ambassador's Residence, where the late Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, posthumously Emperor Showa
and Empress Kojun respectively, dined in 1975.
This is precisely why neither Emperor Hirohito -- posthumously called Emperor Showa
-- nor his son, the current emperor, visited it after Class-A war criminals were enshrined there.
The House of Councillors is set to pass legislation Friday to create a Showa Day in memory of the late Emperor Showa
and shift the Greenery Day now marked on his birthday, April 29, to May 4 in a sleight of legislative hand that would consolidate Japan's Golden Week holidays.