+1 I agree, apologies now are mostly meaningless. Frankly, no apology by Hirohito (or any Japanese) was needed. What WAS needed was for the Emperor to stand trial for war crimes, along with every senior Japanese commander who violated the Hague conventions. (on treatent of PoWs etc, which Japan had signed & ratified) Then they should have been given the execution which they so richly deserved. I'm appalled that Macarthur & various others bent over backwards to prevent real justice, men like Shiro Ishii walked away unpunished after committing horrific crimes.