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Presentations of Emperor Hirohito in Japanese War-Related Museums

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Chelsea Robinson

Willamette University
About Chelsea
Chelsea Robinson is a recent graduate of Willamette University with a major in Asian Studies. She participated in the 2009 ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program funded by the Freeman Foundation.
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Abstract

Emperor Hirohito is a controversial figure in the narrative of World War II. Depictions of his role as monarch have ranged from the deified leader of a militaristic nation to a tragically powerless figurehead. My research examines depictions of Emperor Hirohito in Japan today through the multimedia and multipurpose modes of museum exhibits. The three Japanese war-related museums examined were selected for their variance in management and educational purpose. This paper aims to investigate the variety of ways in which Japanese war-related museums utilize or omit Emperor Hirohito and how the emperor’s portrayal contributes to the agenda of each museum.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.192
How to Cite: Robinson, C., (2011). Presentations of Emperor Hirohito in Japanese War-Related Museums. ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. 18(2), pp.134–167. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/ane.192
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Published on 01 Apr 2011.
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