John Hersey

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The emperor of Japan during World War Two, Emperor Hirohito played a relatively minor role in running his country, but nevertheless wielded a huge amount of symbolic power over his country. When the Allies dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, it was the emperor who formally surrendered—an event that an entire generation of Japanese citizens remembered in vivid detail for the rest of their lives.

Emperor Hirohito Quotes in Hiroshima

The Hiroshima quotes below are all either spoken by Emperor Hirohito or refer to Emperor Hirohito. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 3 Quotes

When they came to know the war was ended—that is, Japan was defeated, they, of course, were deeply disappointed, but followed after their Emperor's commandment in calm spirit, making whole-hearted sacrifice for the everlasting peace of the world—and Japan started her new way.

Related Characters: Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto (speaker), Emperor Hirohito
Page Number: 65
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Emperor Hirohito Character Timeline in Hiroshima

The timeline below shows where the character Emperor Hirohito appears in Hiroshima. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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On August 15, Emperor Hirohito makes a radio announcement: on behalf of the Japanese state, he is surrendering to the... (full context)