The Greatest Historical Persons In Japan

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 1 Hirohito

Hirohito.
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Famous As: Former Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: April 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
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 Akihito

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Famous As: 125th Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: December 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Akihito served as the 125th emperor of Japan after succeeding his father to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As emperor, he played a crucial role in inspiring people in 2011 when Japan was struck by two major disasters: Fukushima I nuclear crisis and Great East Japan Earthquake. Akihito abdicated the throne in 2019, becoming the first emperor to do so since 1817.

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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
Birthplace: Nagoya Castle, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
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 Naruhito

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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: February 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo

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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 5 Emperor Meiji

Emperor Meiji.
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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: November 3, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Kyoto, Yamashiro Province, Japan
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.

 6 Emperor Taishō

Emperor Taishō.
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Famous As: Former Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tōgū Palace, Tokyo, Japan
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.

 7 Emperor Jimmu

Emperor Jimmu.
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: February 13, 0712
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Japan
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.
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 8 Queen Himiko

Queen Himiko.
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Famous As: Queen of Japan
Birthdate: 0170 AD
Birthplace: Yamatai, Japan
Died: 0248 AD

Queen Himiko was a shamaness-queen who reigned over Yamataikoku from 189 AD until her death in 248 AD. Over the years, Queen Himiko has been depicted in several graphic novels, anime, and video games across Japan. She is also depicted in video games as a tyrant or sorceress with sexually revealing clothing.

 9 Empress Kōjun

Empress Kōjun
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Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: March 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 16, 2000

 10 Emperor Komei

Emperor Komei
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 22, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: January 30, 1867

The 121st tennō, or emperor, of Japan, Emperor Kōmei, had a tumultuous reign, which witnessed Japan being pushed to open to the Western world. He was the last Japanese emperor with multiple nengō, or era names. He was known for imposing an order of killing and persecuting foreign traders and officials.

 11 Empress Suiko

Empress Suiko
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: 0554 AD
Birthplace: Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Died: April 15, 0628

 12 Toyotomi Hideyori

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

 13 Empress Go-Sakuramachi

Empress Go-Sakuramachi
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: September 23, 1740
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: December 24, 1813

 14 Emperor Go-Momozono

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

 15 Emperor Suizei

Emperor Suizei
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0632 BC
Died: 0549 BC

Son of Emperor Jimmu, Emperor Suizei is largely regarded as the second legendary Japanese emperor, and many historians debate his existence. He killed his half-brother, Tagishimimi, who had plotted his murder, to become the emperor. He later married his aunt and had a son with her.

 16 Kusunoki Masashige

Kusunoki Masashige
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Famous As: Samurai
Birthdate: 1294 AD
Birthplace: Kawachi Provincem, Japan
Died: July 4, 1336

 17 Emperor Go-Daigo

Emperor Go-Daigo
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: November 26, 1288
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Died: September 19, 1339

 18 Emperor Ōjin

Emperor Ōjin
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Famous As: Emperor of Japan
Birthdate: 0201 AD
Birthplace: Umi, Fukuoka, Japan

 19 Tokugawa Iemitsu

Tokugawa Iemitsu
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: August 12, 1604
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 8, 1651

 20 Emperor Nintoku

Emperor Nintoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0290 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: February 7, 0399

 21 Emperor Go-Mizunoo

Emperor Go-Mizunoo
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: June 29, 1596
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: September 11, 1680

 22 Emperor Sujin

Emperor Sujin
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0148 BC
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 0029 BC

 23 Emperor Momozono

Emperor Momozono
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: April 14, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

 24 Emperor Kanmu

Emperor Kanmu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0737 AD
Birthplace: Nara, Nara, Japan
Died: April 9, 0806

 25 Emperor Sakuramachi

Emperor Sakuramachi
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: February 8, 1720
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: May 28, 1750

 26 Emperor Suinin

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

 27 Emperor Annei

Emperor Annei
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Famous As: emperor
Birthdate: 0577 BC
Died: 0510 BC

Largely regarded as the third legendary emperor of Japan, Emperor Annei, also known as Shikitsu-hiko Tamatemi, appears in the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki. However, the lack of any credible information regarding his life has made historians doubt his existence. He is though to be the son of Emperor Suizei.

 28 Emperor Tenji

Emperor Tenji
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0626 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: January 7, 0672

 29 Emperor Nakamikado

Emperor Nakamikado
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: January 14, 1702
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: May 10, 1737

 30 Emperor Antoku

Emperor Antoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: December 22, 1178
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Died: April 25, 1185

 31 Emperor Keitai

Emperor Keitai
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0450 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 0531 AD

 32 Emperor Seinei

Emperor Seinei
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0444 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: January 16, 0484

 33 Emperor Go-Toba

Emperor Go-Toba
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: August 6, 1180
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heian-kyō, Japan
Died: March 28, 1239

 34 Emperor Itoku

Emperor Itoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0553 BC
Died: 0477 BC

Mentioned in the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, Emperor Itoku is regarded as the fourth legendary Emperor of Japan and the son of Emperor Annei. Also known as Ōyamatohikosukitomo no Mikoto, he was named Itoku-tennō, meaning "benign virtue," posthumously. A shrine in Kashihara is dedicated to him.

 35 Emperor Shōmu

Emperor Shōmu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0701 AD
Birthplace: Yamato, Japan
Died: June 4, 0756

 36 Emperor Go-Sai

Emperor Go-Sai
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Famous As: Emperor , Sovereign
Birthdate: January 1, 1638
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: March 22, 1685

 37 Emperor Sutoku

Emperor Sutoku
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: July 7, 1119
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
Died: September 14, 1164

 38 Emperor Kaika

Emperor Kaika
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0208 BC
Birthplace: Japan
Died: 0098 BC

 39 Empress Saimei

Empress Saimei
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: August 7, 0594
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Japan
Died: August 24, 0661

 40 Emperor Go-Nara

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

 41 Emperor Saga

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

 42 Emperor Go-Shirakawa

Emperor Go-Shirakawa
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: October 18, 1127
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
Died: April 26, 1192

 43 Empress Kōken

Empress Kōken
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Famous As: Empress of Japan
Birthdate: 0718 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: August 28, 0770

 44 Emperor Seiwa

Emperor Seiwa
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: May 10, 0850
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heian-kyō, Japan
Died: January 7, 0881

 45 Emperor Reigen

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

 46 Emperor Seimu

Emperor Seimu
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0083 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: June 11, 0190

 47 Yi Ku

Yi Ku
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: December 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 16, 2005

 48 Emperor Bidatsu

Emperor Bidatsu
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Famous As: Monarch, Emperor
Birthdate: 0538 AD
Birthplace: Japan
Died: September 14, 0585

 49 Emperor Go-Komatsu

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

 50 Emperor Go-Kashiwabara

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