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.
How to CiteRobinson, 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