Hirohito's Role In Military Affairs

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Hirohito became emperor of Japan in 1926. The emperor had supreme authority over Japan, but some historians believe that Hirohito simply accepted the advice of Japanese ministers and military advisers. The role that Hirohito played in formulating Japan’s expansionist policies and in the Nanjing Massacre remains a debatable topic, and many historians have contradicting opinions on exactly how influential Hirohito was. For one, there is still controversy relating to Hirohito’s true role in political and military affairs. Some historians believe that Hirohito had limited influence over military and politics despite the political turmoil during his early reign. They argue that he had little power because growing military influence

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