Hirohito, Emperor of Japan

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Hirohito, Emperor of Japan Gender: M
Prince Michi Hirohito
born on 29 April 1901 at 22:10 (= 10:10 PM )
Place Tokyo, Japan, 35n42, 139e46
Timezone JST h9e (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°31' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 22°40 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 26°17'

Emperor of Japan Hirohito


Japanese royalty, the first born son of Emperor Taisho and the crown prince in 1916 and declared the 124th Ruler of Japan on 12/25/1926 after a regency of five years, upon the death of his father, Emperor Taisho. Soon after the prince was born he was taken from his parents to be reared in isolation and trained as the future Emperor. He saw his mother once a week and his father less often. The first member of the Japanese royal family to set foot outside his homeland, Hirohito took a six-month tour of Europe in 1921. He brought back with him a taste for Western food and clothes. His greatest pleasure was the study of marine biology, which he conducted in a laboratory built for him on his palace grounds. Far more than a hobby, he published several books on the subject and was a leading authority on jellyfish (medusa).

Although he was personally opposed to the militarism of the '30s, he approved the decisions which led to WW II. After Japan's defeat, on 1/01/1946, he renounced his traditional claims of divinity and became a symbol of the state.

A shy emperor, Hirohito braved making the rounds of factories and opening the Diet (parliament) to foreign envoys. He maintained an ancient and hallowed custom of composing a traditional poem each year.

He married Princess Nagako 1/26/1924, after a delay due the great earthquake of 1923. After a succession of four girls, Prince Tsugu Akihito was born 12/23/1933. In order to ensure that his family be schooled in Western ways, in 1946 Emperor Hirohito brought a gifted American teacher and writer from Philadelphia, PA, Elizabeth Gray Vining, to tutor the Crown Prince and other members of the imperial family.

Hirohito personally signed and affixed the imperial seal to some 60 documents a week. He was meticulous in writing his name with a brush and applying the imperial seal so that both were legible. He participated in about 300 official functions a year, many of which required long hours of travel. In 1975, 54 years after he had first expressed a determination to visit the U.S., the Emperor finally made a 15-day tour, returning with a Mickey Mouse watch which could be seen on the imperial wrist.

Three-and-a-half years before his death at age 87, Emperor Hirohito reduced his work day from eight to four hours a day. He died of duodenal cancer 1/07/1989, 6:33 a.m., Tokyo, Japan. He had the distinction of becoming the longest reigning Emperor in the history of Japan, for 61 years. Less than four hours following his death, Prince Akihito received the imperial and state seals and replicas of two of the imperial treasures that symbolize the throne. The traditional vigil for the emperor lasted three months. Hirohito's reign was called the Showa Era, or time of enlightened peace.

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  • Social : Begin Travel 1921 (Six-month tour of Europe)
  • Relationship : Marriage 26 January 1924 (Princess Nagako)
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  • Work : Gain social status 25 December 1926 (Became 124th ruler of Japan)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 23 December 1933 (Son, Prince Tsugu Akihito born)
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  • Work : Lose social status 1 January 1946 (Japan lost WW II)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 1975 (15-day tour of U.S.)
  • Death by Disease 7 January 1989 at 06:33 AM in Tokyo, Japan (Cancer, age 87)
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Source Notes

Aries Osawa gives 10:10 PM JST in "Astrology Now," 6/1976. Same in Rafhael's Ephemeris, 1928. Same in Sabian Symbols No.461 and BJA, 6/1921. Fowler's gives same as B.R.

Sy Scholfield quotes same in Hugh Byas's history book, "Government Assassination" (Kessinger, 2005), p. 296: "[Hirohito] was born in the lying-in chamber of Aoyama Palace, Tokyo, at ten minutes past ten on the evening of April 29, 1901." Scholfield can't find news near the date of birth in the New York Times or Washington Post. The Times quotes a despatch "received at Berlin from Tokio [sic] dated April 29 [Berlin time?]: "The Crown Princess of Japan was safely delivered of a son last night" ("Court Circular," Times, 1 May 1901; pg. 12).

T. Pat Davis gives 9:51 PM JST as news on the date of birth in Mercury Hour, 1/1986. Blackwell quotes David Bergamini, "Japan's Imperial Conspiracy," for the palace gossip that "Hirohito's personal public relation man, count Futara Yoshinori, wrote unequivocally in 1928 that Hirohito was born on the night of 4/29/1900 at ten minutes past ten o'clock in the evening." LMR quotes Gen Ishikawa at the AFA Convention in Florida that the 1901 date as customarily given is absolutely correct, as the Son-of-Heaven is a date-twin to Ishikawa's mother


  • Traits : Personality : Shy
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Duodenum, terminal)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Trained to be emperor)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Raised by courtiers)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Crown Prince Tsugu Akihito)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (61 years)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Science : Biology (Marine, authority on jellyfish)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (One traditional poem each year)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Several marine biology books)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Last emperor to be divine)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (Japan)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Era called "time of enlightened peace")
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book