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Emperor Kammu (桓武天皇) was the 50th imperial ruler of Japan.

During his reign the capital of Japan was moved from Heijo, near Nara, first to Nagaoka[?], and then to Heian[?]. This marks the beginning of the Heian era in Japanese history.

Kammu also sponsored the travels of the monks Saicho[?] and Kukai[?] to China, from where they returned to found the Japanese branches of, respectively, Tendai[?] and Shingon[?] Buddhism. He was an active emperor who set up new government organisations and fought the Ezo[?] tribes in the north of the country.

Lived 737-806
Reigned 781-806

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