Hirohito (裕仁), referred to as Emperor Shōwa in Japan (昭和天皇, Shōwa-tennō, April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989), was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death in 1989. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name Emperor Shōwa.