Presentations of Emperor Hirohito in Japanese War-Related Museums

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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.

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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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Chelsea Robinson (Willamette University)

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