Famous Japanese Emperors & Kings

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 1 Hirohito

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Famous As: Former Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: April 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 7, 1989
Hirohito, or Emperor Showa, the longest-reigning Japanese emperor, reigned from 1926 to 1989 and supported the Axis Powers during World War II. He also served in the Japanese military. He was not prosecuted for war crimes by the U.S. and played a major role in the post-war reconstruction of Japan.

 2 Naruhito

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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: February 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese

Naruhito, the 126th emperor of Japan and the only living monarch to use the title “Emperor,” ascended the throne after his father Akihito’s abdication in 2019. Devoted to efforts of water conservation, Naruhito has also been part of the International Olympic Committee. He plays both the violin and the viola.

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 3 Oda Nobunaga

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Famous As: 16th Century Japanese Feudal Lord
Birthdate: June 23, 1534
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 21, 1582
Oda Nobunaga was a 16th-century Japanese leader of the Sengoku period. Known as the “Great Unifier" of Japan, he overthrew Ashikaga Yoshiaki and dissolved the Ashikaga Shogunate. He also crushed the Ikkō-ikki rebels and conquered Honshu. He was later ambushed and forced to commit “seppuku,” a form of ritual suicide.

 4 Emperor Meiji

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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: November 3, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Died: July 30, 1912

Emperor Meiji of Japan presided over the all-round revolutionary transformation of his empire which emerged as a strong force on the global scene during his reign. His policies and actions led to Japan’s rapid growth and ended its isolation from the rest of the world. One of the noted changes during rule was the abolition of special privileges of samurais.

 5 Emperor Taishō

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Famous As: Former Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: December 25, 1926

Emperor Taishō was the 123rd Emperor of Japan. He was the son of  Emperor Meiji and Yanagihara Naruko, a concubine. As the eldest living son of the emperor, he was formally named the crown prince in 1888. Upon the death of his father in 1912, he ascended the throne. A sickly man with disabilities, he died at 47.

 6 Emperor Jimmu

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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: February 13, 0712
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 9, 0585
Legend has it that the founder of the Imperial dynasty in Japan, Jimmu Tennō, was a descendant of Japanese deity Ninigi, who was the grandson of sun goddess Amaterasu. Japan’s National Foundation Day, February 11, was earlier called Kigensetsu and  celebrated Jimmu's ascension to the throne.

 7 Emperor Komei

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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 22, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 30, 1867
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 8 Toyotomi Hideyori

Toyotomi Hideyori
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: September 8, 1593
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 4, 1615

 9 Tokugawa Iemitsu

Tokugawa Iemitsu
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: August 12, 1604
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 8, 1651

 10 Emperor Suizei

Emperor Suizei
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0632 BC
Nationality: Japanese, Kosovar
Died: 0549 BC

 11 Emperor Go-Momozono

Emperor Go-Momozono
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: August 5, 1758
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: December 16, 1779

 12 Emperor Go-Daigo

Emperor Go-Daigo
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: November 26, 1288
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 19, 1339

 13 Emperor Ōjin

Emperor Ōjin
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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: 0201 AD
Nationality: Japanese

 14 Emperor Nintoku

Emperor Nintoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0290 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: February 7, 0399

 15 Emperor Sujin

Emperor Sujin
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0148 BC
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 0029 BC

 16 Emperor Kanmu

Emperor Kanmu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0737 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 9, 0806

 17 Emperor Momozono

Emperor Momozono
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: April 14, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese

 18 Emperor Sakuramachi

Emperor Sakuramachi
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: February 8, 1720
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: May 28, 1750

 19 Emperor Go-Mizunoo

Emperor Go-Mizunoo
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: June 29, 1596
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 11, 1680

 20 Emperor Tenji

Emperor Tenji
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0626 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 7, 0672

 21 Emperor Annei

Emperor Annei
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Famous As: emperor
Birthdate: 0577 BC
Nationality: Japanese, Kosovar
Died: 0510 BC

 22 Emperor Suinin

Emperor Suinin
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: January 1, 0069
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 0070 AD

 23 Emperor Nakamikado

Emperor Nakamikado
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: January 14, 1702
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
Died: May 10, 1737

 24 Emperor Antoku

Emperor Antoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: December 22, 1178
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 25, 1185

 25 Emperor Reigen

Emperor Reigen
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 9, 1654
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 24, 1732

 26 Emperor Keitai

Emperor Keitai
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0450 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 0531 AD

 27 Emperor Seinei

Emperor Seinei
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0444 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 16, 0484

 28 Emperor Go-Toba

Emperor Go-Toba
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: August 6, 1180
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: March 28, 1239

 29 Emperor Itoku

Emperor Itoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0553 BC
Nationality: Japanese, Kosovar
Died: 0477 BC

 30 Emperor Shōmu

Emperor Shōmu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0701 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 4, 0756

 31 Emperor Sutoku

Emperor Sutoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 7, 1119
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 14, 1164

 32 Emperor Go-Sai

Emperor Go-Sai
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: January 1, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese
Died: March 22, 1685

 33 Emperor Kaika

Emperor Kaika
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0208 BC
Nationality: Japanese
Died: 0098 BC

 34 Emperor Go-Shirakawa

Emperor Go-Shirakawa
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: October 18, 1127
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 26, 1192

 35 Emperor Go-Nara

Emperor Go-Nara
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: January 26, 1495
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 27, 1557

 36 Emperor Saga

Emperor Saga
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: October 10, 0786
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese
Died: August 24, 0842

 37 Emperor Seiwa

Emperor Seiwa
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: May 10, 0850
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 7, 0881

 38 Emperor Seimu

Emperor Seimu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0083 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: June 11, 0190

 39 Emperor Bidatsu

Emperor Bidatsu
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Famous As: Monarch, Emperor
Birthdate: 0538 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 14, 0585

 40 Emperor Kameyama

Emperor Kameyama
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 9, 1249
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 4, 1305

 41 Emperor Go-Komatsu

Emperor Go-Komatsu
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: August 1, 1377
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: December 1, 1433

 42 Emperor Go-Kashiwabara

Emperor Go-Kashiwabara
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: November 19, 1462
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Died: May 19, 1526

 43 Emperor Jomei

Emperor Jomei
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: April 17, 0593
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Japanese
Died: November 17, 0641

 44 Emperor Go-Hanazono

Emperor Go-Hanazono
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: July 10, 1419
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 18, 1471

 45 Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado

Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado
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Famous As: Emperor ,Sovereign
Birthdate: July 3, 1442
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 21, 1500

 46 Emperor Toba

Emperor Toba
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: February 24, 1103
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Japanese
Died: July 20, 1156

 47 Emperor Senka

Emperor Senka
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0467 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: March 15, 0539

 48 Emperor Daigo

Emperor Daigo
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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: February 6, 0885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 23, 0930

 49 Emperor Takakura

Emperor Takakura
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: September 20, 1161
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 30, 1181

 50 Emperor Buretsu

Emperor Buretsu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0489 AD
Nationality: Japanese
Died: January 7, 0507