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Emperor Jimmu (神武天皇; Jimmu Tennō) is the mythical founder of Japan and is regarded as a direct descendant of the Shinto deity Amaterasu. The current Imperial house of Japan bases its claim to the throne on its descent from Jimmu. His posthumous name literally means "divine might."

Jimmu's existence cannot be verified by standard historical means, but the mythology surrounding him places him in the 7th century BC.

February 11, 660 BC is the traditional founding date of Japan by Jimmu.

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