Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan is a book by Herbert P. Bix covering the reign of Emperor Hirohito of Japan from 1926 until his death in 1989. It won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.[1]

Front cover of the hardback first edition; published by HarperCollins Publishers in September 2000.

Much of the information in the book was uncovered by Japanese people who worked with Bix, but publishing companies and press in Japan at the time chose not to reveal the information. Bix stated that he did not want the book to be used as a weapon against the Japanese people.[2]


  1. ^ "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  2. ^ French, Howard W. (2000-09-12). "ARTS ABROAD; Out From the Shadows of the Imperial Mystique". New York Times.

External linksEdit