What was Hirohito first name in World War 2?
By tradition he had no first name and in that same tradition his
changed upon his death. To address persons in such an exalted
by anything but their title would have been an overly familiar
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
Emperor on the death of his father he became Emperor Hirohito.
he died his name was again changed. In Japanese tradition he is
now only spoken of as Emperor Showa.