“It’s extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it’s just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.”
— Joseph Conrad
“Hirohito,” by Herbert P. Bix is a very detailed, and for good measure let me repeat, very detailed, highly informative, at times quite difficult to read, and throughout hints of America’s complicity in everything that has gone wrong since the beginning of civilization.
The biography on Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, who at five feet, two-inches tall and sickly looking, was cultivated like former emperors as a living deity from early in his childhood. Strange, that if you look at quite a few of the war criminals during the 2oth century, Stalin, Hitler, and Emperor Hirohito, they were all fairly small in statue…not that that means anything.
Hirohito was fortunate enough to have members of his loyal court, military leaders in the army and navy, politicians and the press behind him in ways, that Donald Trump, would be envious of, and if he was able to read one might think he tried to follow his play book.
The Japanese atrocities, all approved and sanctioned by the emperor, in China during the 1930’s in which the total civilian deaths were as high as five million, the millions of indiscriminate deaths during the war in the the Pacific, especially in the Philippines, and the murder of his own subjects by inciting and training his pilots in the art of the kamikaze attack, and his lack of remorse when the atom bombs were dropped and his only worry being that if he surrendered he might be put on trail as a war criminal. Amazingly, it was emperor’s subjects (citizens) who were the blame for the war and the lost of millions of lives, and strangely enough a vast majority of the Japanese population believed they were the blame. Yes, as the quote by Conrad above states, “It’s extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it’s just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome.”
With the help from his loyal subjects, prime ministers, military, and that ever disloyal, disobedient, egoistical General MacArthur, Emperor Hirohito was never put on trail. Yes, he was stripped of all his power, but remained in the ceremonial position of Emperor until his death in 1990… never admitting to his hand in all the military atrocities and his sanctioning of the wars against China and the Allied powers.