During the U.S. occupation of Japan after World War II, Akihito received an education in the English language and Western customs. Like his father, Akihito has a degree in marine biology, and has published several papers.
In the Summer of 2016, Akihito began publicly implying that he intends to abdicate due to failing health. As imperial abdication is rare in Japan's history, it has been speculated that this will cause a constitutional crisis.
Akihito in Joe SteeleEditDespite his youth, the 12-year-old Akihito was proclaimed Emperor of the Constitutional Monarchy of Japan ("South Japan") by the United States after the death of his father Hirohito in Spring 1946. In truth, he was directed by U.S. general Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Akihito's subjects resented this state of affairs. Flyers depicting Akihito as a ventriloquist's dummy in Eisenhower's lap were posted by Japanese citizens, despite their illegality.
Akihito's reign coincided with the Japanese War, in which his nominal subjects did not acquit themselves against their former countrymen from the north. Ultimately, it was the U.S. that kept Akihito on this throne.
Akihito and the Constitutional Monarchy are not mentioned in the short story, where the government of South Japan is undefined.
- The Emperor of Japan, a minor character in In the Presence of Mine Enemies who may be Akihito, but not enough information is provided.
| Regnal titles|
Hirohito, Emperor Showa
|Emperor of Japan|
1989 to present
| Succeeded by|
| Regnal offices|
as Emperor of Japan
|Emperor of the Constitutional Monarchy of Japan|
| Succeeded by|
Incumbent at novel's end, 1953