Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan

“The emperor who emerges from this work was a fallible human being, susceptible to the same desires, drives, instincts, and faults common to all human beings, but with a prolonged educational experience such as probably no one in the entire world, except himself, was given. For much of his life he was at or near the center of power, the active agent of his and the ruling elite interests. The knowledge he had of both the public stage and the hidden machinations of government no other individual has shared. To think of him as the one individual whose very existence manifested the deepest political dilemmas of modern Japan could be quite accurate