Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan Book Summary and Study Guide

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Basing his work on newly released documents and Japanese sources, Bix strongly suggests in this 2000 publication that Hirohito took a much more active role in planning and pursuing the Pacific War than was hitherto supposed, but that his desire to hold onto the throne dovetailed with the plans of MacArthur, whose team worked hard to avoid having the emperor tried for war crimes. Currently a professor at Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of Social Sciences, the author also declares that the US firebombing of Japanese cities was immoral, and intimates that the atomic bombs were unnecessary for ending the war.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   king/queen/emperor Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Japanese Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Led as politician War/Spying    -   Yes Royalty bio    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+ Which war?    -   World War II

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   Japanese Nationality    -   Japanese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan    -   Pacific Islands    -   China Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   warplane City?    -   Yes Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   concerned Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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