Hirohito is the current Emperor of Japan. He assumed the throne following the death of his father on 25 December 1926 and is considered the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession dating back nearly 2,600 years.
Born in the Aoyama Palace in Tokyo, Hirohito is the first son of Emperor Taishō and Empress Teimei. His childhood title was Michi no miya (Prince Michi). He became heir apparent upon the death of his grandfather, Emperor Meiji, on 30 July 1912. His formal investiture as Crown Prince took place on 2 November 1916.
On December 25, 1926, Hirohito assumed the throne upon the death of his father Yoshihito. The deceased emperor was posthumously renamed Emperor Taishō a few days later. Following Japanese custom, the new emperor was never referred to by his given name, but rather was referred to simply as tennō heika ("His Majesty the Emperor"), which may be shortened to heika ("His Majesty"). In writing, the emperor was also referred to formally as kinjō tennō ("The Reigning Emperor"). It was hoped by many that Hirohito would be more effective then the previous weak emperor (Emperor Taishō suffered from meningitis) and would rebuild Japan after the loss of the Weltkrieg.
He married his distant cousin Princess Nagako Kuni (now the Empress Kōjun), the eldest daughter of Prince Kuni Kuniyoshi, on January 26, 1924. They have two sons and four daughters:
Princess Teru no miya b. 9 December 1925
Princess Sachiko, childhood appellation Hisa no miya (久宮祐子 hisa no miya sachiko), 10 September 1927–8 March 1928;