Japanese Emperor Hirohito takes throne, Nov. 10, 1928
This week in 1928, Hirohito formally assumed leadership of Japan, ruling the country during the invasions of Manchuria and China in the 1930s and throughout World War II. He would retain the title of emperor until his death in 1989.
On Nov. 10, 1928, The Havre Daily News-Promoter of Havre, Montana, described the day’s festivities. “A new sovereign today ascended ‘the high august seat,’ the throne of the unbroken line of the heirs of the sun goddess that tradition says have reigned over Japan from before the dawn of authentic history.
“Before the highest dignitaries of his realm and representatives of 26 other nations, from his seat under the Phoenix-created canopy, Hirohito made the announcement this afternoon by which he took his place as the 124th emperor of Japan and among the enthroned monarchs of the world.”
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A Sept. 23, 1928, article in The Charleston Daily Mail of Charleston, W. Va., previewed the ceremonies and traditions of the change in leadership. Ruler of Nippon Ascends Throne
A Jan. 8, 1989, article in The Intelligencer Record of Doylestown, Penn., considered the late Japanese emperor’s legacy. Hirohito’s Place in History Uncertain