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What was Hirohito first name in World War 2?

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2007-08-21 18:08:24

By tradition he had no first name and in that same tradition his

name was

changed upon his death. To address persons in such an exalted

position

by anything but their title would have been an overly familiar

gesture or

even an act of disrespect. Japanese tradition after all held

that he was a

god. He was born as Prince Michi no miya and when he was

elevated to

Emperor on the death of his father he became Emperor Hirohito.

When

he died his name was again changed. In Japanese tradition he is

now only spoken of as Emperor Showa.


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