Emperor Taishō Biography
(Emperor of Japan from 1912 to 1926)
Birthday: August 31, 1879 (Virgo)
Born In: Tokyo, Japann
Emperor Taishō or Taishō Tennō, meaning “Great Righteousness,” was the 123rd Emperor of Japan. He ruled over the nation from 1912 to 1926. He was born Prince Yoshihito. Having contracted a critical illness during his infancy, he suffered from physical and neurological problems all his life. He was declared the crown prince after the deaths of his two elder brothers. As a young prince, Yoshihito received his education in the school for the children of the nobility but due to his diminished mental capabilities, he could not continue his formal education. Much of his childhood was spent nursing his health in the various summer palaces of the imperial family. As an emperor, his reign was distinctly different from that of his father, Emperor Meiji. Emperor Meiji had a commanding presence and his rule was distinctly authoritarian. Emperor Taishō, however, was usually kept away from the public eye and rarely participated in political affairs. Japan experienced a distinct move towards democracy during this period, and hence his reign is also known as the Taishō democracy. After the death of the emperor, his first son Hirohito took over the reins of the Japanese empire.