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Hirohito, Emperor Showa
Hirohito
Historical Figure
Nationality: Japan
Religion: Shinto
Date of Birth: 1901
Date of Death: 1989
Cause of Death: Cancer
Occupation: Marine Biologist, Emperor of Japan
Spouse: Empress Kōjun
Children: Seven
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: June 5, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
through
Striking the Balance (although was probably still in power through Aftershocks)
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): Days of Infamy
through
End of the Beginning
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Hitler's War
through
Two Fronts
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
"Joe Steele"
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Date of Birth: 1901
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Killed by an American incendiary bomb
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Center Cannot Hold
through
In at the Death
Type of Appearance: Indirect contemporary references
Hirohito, known posthumously as Emperor Showa (1901-1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, beginning his reign in 1926. Under his reign, Japan become a member of the Axis, and fought the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. After the unconditional surrender of Japan in 1945, the Emperor cooperated with the reorganization of the Japanese state during the Allied occupation of Japan, and lived to see Japan become a highly urbanized democracy and one of the industrial and technological powerhouses of the world.

Hirohito in Days of Infamy Edit

Hirohito gave his blessing to the the invasion of Hawaii as the opening stages of its war with the United States.[1]

Hirohito in "Joe Steele"Edit

Hirohito (1901-1945) was killed when his train was struck by an incendiary bomb during the United States' invasion of Japan in December 1945.

Hirohito in Southern Victory Edit

Hirohito inherited a Japan that had proven itself as a military force. Japan defeated Spain in the early 20th century, taking the Philippines, Korea, and Formosa and shoring up its holdings in East Asia. During the Great War, Japan had taken colonies from Germany and forcibly purchased former French Indochina ,and the Dutch East Indies from France , and Holland respectively after the Entente's defeat. Under Hirohito's reign, Japan fought the inconclusive Pacific War. Japan also launched an attack on the United States during the Second Great War, which again proved inconclusive for both sides. Japan, unable to force the USA from the Sandwich Islands, abandoned Midway and Wake Island and turned its attention to the Asian holdings of its former ally, Britain.[2]

Literary Note Edit

Hirohito's role in Southern Victory is speculative, as Hirohito is not specifically named. However, nothing in the known history of the timeline counters this assumption.

Hirohito in The War That Came EarlyEdit

During the reign of Hirohito, Japan attacked China in 1937, and then the Soviet Union in April, 1939.[3] In summer, 1940, after Japan had successfully overrun Vladivostok, Japan and the USSR made peace.[4] However, tensions between Japan and the United States began ratcheting up throughout the remainder of 1940. On January 12 1941, Japan launched a war with the U.S.[5]

This article is a stub because the work is part of a larger, as-of-yet incomplete series.

Hirohito in Worldwar Edit

When the Race's Conquest Fleet invaded Earth in 1942, Hirohito led Japan into a co-belligerency with his Axis allies as well as former enemies including the United States and China. Hirohito was firm about his country's intent to fight the Race from the outset, and the country remained independent,[6]. although not without a price. The capital city, Tokyo, was destroyed by the Race when they learned of Japan's atomic bomb program.[7] Thus, at the Peace of Cairo, Japan was less a negotiator and more an observer,[8] and had their gains in China taken from them by the Race without recourse.

After the war, Hirohito formed much closer economic ties with the United States.[9] In 1965, Japan successfully tested its own explosive-metal bomb at Bikini Atoll, and demanded full diplomatic relations with the Race.[10]

Despite his title, the Race saw Hirohito as a "false front" for those who yielded true power in Japan.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. See the Days of Infamy series, generally.
  2. See, The Center Cannot Hold through In at the Death, generally.
  3. See Hitler's War through The Big Switch, generally.
  4. The Big Switch, pg. 296.
  5. Ibid., pg. 396.
  6. In the Balance, pg. 224.
  7. Upsetting the Balance, pg. 105-106.
  8. Striking the Balance, pg. 397.
  9. Second Contact, pg. 117.
  10. Down to Earth, pgs. 518-521.
  11. In the Balance, pg. 178.
Regnal titles
(OTL)
Preceded by
Taisho
Emperor of Japan
1926-1989
Succeeded by
Akihito
Regnal offices
(Joe Steele)
Preceded by
Taisho
Emperor of Japan
1926-1945
Succeeded by
Office abolished

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