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.
During the reign of Hirohito, Japan attacked China in 1937, and then the Soviet Union in April, 1939. In summer, 1940, after Japan had successfully overrun Vladivostok, Japan and the USSR made peace. 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.
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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,. although not without a price. The capital city, Tokyo, was destroyed by the Race when they learned of Japan's atomic bomb program. Thus, at the Peace of Cairo, Japan was less a negotiator and more an observer, 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. In 1965, Japan successfully tested its own explosive-metal bomb at Bikini Atoll, and demanded full diplomatic relations with the Race.
Despite his title, the Race saw Hirohito as a "false front" for those who yielded true power in Japan.