Showa period

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The Shōwa period (昭和時代, lit.: enlightened peace period) was the time in Japanese history when Emperor Hirohito reigned over the country, from December 25, 1926 to January 7, 1989. It was the longest reign of all Japanese emperors.

The early part of Hirohito's reign was characterized by strong nationalist influences (Japanese nationalism) and imperialism. Following the surrender of Japan in the Second World War, the Occupation of Japan lasted until 1952. After the Treaty of San Francisco was enacted, Japan had regained independent sovereignty and has been in relative peace ever since.

Pronounciation and Romanization

Shōwa (昭和) is pronounced sho wa, with an elongated o in the first syllable.


Preceded by:
Taishō

Japanese era name

Succeeded by:
Heisei

Japanese era name to Gregorian calendar system conversion:

Showa1st2nd3rd4th5th10th15th20th25th30th35th40th45th50th55th60th64th
Gregorian19261927192819291930193519401945195019551960196519701975198019851989

Subperiods:


[ Expansionism | Occupation | Post-Occupation ]

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de:Shōwa-Zeit ja:昭和 ko:쇼와 시대 ru:Период Сёва

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