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How the Emperor Became Human (and MacArthur Became Divine)

Victor Sebestyen | Longreads | November 11, 2015 | 6,202 words

The end of divine rule in postwar Japan, and the absolute power of General MacArthur.

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How the Emperor Became Human (and MacArthur Became Divine)

The end of divine rule in postwar Japan, and the absolute power of General MacArthur.
The sun goddess Amaterasu, the divine ancestor of the Emperors of Japan, emerging from a cave. Via Wikimedia Commons.