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List of Japanese Emperors

The following is a traditional list of emperors of Japan,

Legendary emperors

1 Jimmu
2 Suizei
3 Annei
4 Itoku
5 Kosho
6 Koan
7 Korei
8 Kogen
9 Kaika
10 Sujin
11 Suinin
12 Keiko
13 Seimu
14 Chuai
15 Ojin

Early 5th century

16 Nintoku
17 Richu
18 Hanzei

Middle of the 5th century

19 Ingyo
20 Anko

Late 5th century

21 Yuryaku
22 Seinei
23 Kenzo
24 Ninken
25 Buretsu

Early 6th century

26 Keitai
27 Ankan
28 Senka

Clearly dated emperors and empresses

29 Kimmei (509-571, r. 539-571)
30 Bidatsu (538-585, r. 572-585)
31 Yomei (?-587, r. 585-587)
32 Sushun (?-592, r. 587-592)
33 Suiko (554-628, r. 593-628) *
34 Jomei (593-641, r. 629-641)
35 Kogyoku (594-661, r. 642-645) *
36 Kotoku (597-654, r. 645-654)
37 Saimei (594-661, r. 655-661) *
38 Tenji (626-672, r. 661-672)
39 Kobun (648-672, r. 672)
40 Temmu (?-686, r. 672-686)
41 Jito (645-703, r. 686-697) *
42 Mommu (683-707, r. 697-707)
43 Gemmei (661-722, r. 707-715) *
44 Gensho (680-748, r. 715-724) *
45 Shomu (701-756, r. 724-749)
46 Koken (718-770, r. 749-758) *
47 Junnin (733-765, r. 758-764)
48 Shotoku (718-770, r. 764-770) *
49 Konin (709-782, r. 770-781)
50 Kammu (737-806, r. 781-806)
51 Heizei (774-824, r. 806-809)
52 Saga (786-842, r. 809-823)
53 Junna (786-840, r. 823-833)
54 Nimmyo (810-850, r. 833-850)
55 Montoku (827-858, r. 850-858)
56 Seiwa (850-881, r. 858-876)
57 Yozei (869-949, r. 876-884)
58 Koko (830-887, r. 884-887)
59 Uda (867-931, r. 887-897)
60 Daigo (885-930, r. 897-930)
61 Suzaku (923-952, r. 930-946)
62 Murakami (926-967, r. 946-967)
63 Reizei (950-1011, r. 967-969)
64 En'yu (959-991, r. 969-984)
65 Kazan (968-1008, r. 984-986)
66 Ichijo (980-1011, r. 986-1011)
67 Sanjo (976-1017, r. 1011-1016)
68 Go-Ichijo (1008-1036, r. 1016-1036)
69 Go-Suzaku (1009-1045, r. 1036-1045)
70 Go-Reizei (1025-1068, r. 1045-1068)
71 Go-Sanjo (1034-1073, r. 1068-1073)
72 Shirakawa (1053-1129, r. 1073-1087 and cloistered rule 1086-1129)
73 Horikawa (1079-1107, r. 1087-1107)
74 Toba (1103-1156, r. 1107-1123 and cloistered rule 1129-1156)
75 Sutoku (1119-1164, r. 1123-1142)
76 Konoe (1139-1155, r. 1142-1155)
77 Go-Shirakawa (1127-1192, r. 1155-1158 and cloistered rule 1158-1192)
78 Nijo (1143-1165, r. 1158-1165)
79 Rokujo (1164-1176, r. 1165-1168)
80 Takakura (1161-1181, r. 1168-1180)
81 Antoku (1178-1185, r. 1180-1185)
82 Go-Toba (1180-1239, r. 1183-1198)
83 Tsuchimikado (1195-1231, r. 1198-1210)
84 Juntoku (1197-1242, r. 1210-1221)
85 Chukyo (1218-1234, r. 1221)
86 Go-Horikawa (1212-1234, r. 1221-1232)
87 Shijo (1231-1242, r. 1232-1242)
88 Go-Saga (1220-1272, r. 1242-1246)
89 Go-Fukakusa (1243-1304, r. 1246-1260)
90 Kameyama (1249-1305, r. 1260-1274)
91 Go-Uda (1267-1324, r. 1274-1287)
92 Fushimi (1265-1317, r. 1287-1298)
93 Go-Fushimi (1288-1336, r. 1298-1301)
94 Go-Nijo (1285-1308, r. 1301-1308)
95 Hanazono (1297-1348, r. 1308-1318)
96 Go-Daigo (1288-1339, r. 1318-1339)
97 Go-Murakami (1328-1368, r. 1339-1368)
98 Chokei (1343-1394, r. 1368-1383)
99 Go-Kameyama (?-1424, r. 1383-1392)
Northern Ashikaga Pretender 1: Kogon (1313-1364, r. 1331-1333)
Northern Ashikaga Pretender 2: Komyo (1322-1380, r. 1336-1348)
Northern Ashikaga Pretender 3: Suko (1334-1398, r. 1348-1351)
Northern Ashikaga Pretender 4: Go-Kogon (1338-1374, r. 1351-1371)
Northern Ashikaga Pretender 5: Go-En'yu (1359-1393, r. 1371-1382)
100 Go-Komatsu (1377-1433, r. 1382-1412)
101 Shoko (1401-1428, r. 1412-1428)
102 Go-Hanazono (1419-1471, r. 1428-1464)
103 Go-Tsuchimikado (1442-1500, r. 1464-1500)
104 Go-Kashiwabara (1464-1526, r. 1500-1526)
105 Go-Nara (1497-1557, r. 1526-1557)
106 Ogimachi (1517-1593, r. 1557-1586)
107 Go-Yozei (1572-1617, r. 1586-1611)
108 Go-Mizunoo (1596-1680, r. 1611-1629)
109 Meisho (1624-1696, r. 1629-1643) *
110 Go-Komyo (1633-1654, r. 1643-1654)
111 Go-Sai (1637-1685, r. 1655-1663)
112 Reigen (1654-1732, r. 1663-1687)
113 Higashiyama (1675-1709, r. 1687-1709)
114 Nakamikado (1702-1737, r. 1709-1735)
115 Sakuramachi (1720-1750, r. 1735-1747)
116 Momozono (1741-1762, r. 1747-1762)
117 Go-Sakuramachi (1740-1813, r. 1762-1771) *
118 Go-Momozono (1758-1779, r. 1771-1779)
119 Kokaku (1771-1840, r. 1780-1817)
120 Ninko (1800-1846, r. 1817-1846)
121 Komei (1831-1867, r. 1846-1867)
122 Mutsuhito (Meiji emperor) (1852-1912, r. 1867-1912)
123 Yoshihito (Taisho emperor) (1879-1926, r. 1912-1926)
124 Hirohito (Showa emperor) (1901-1989, r. 1926-1989)
125 Akihito (1933- , r. 1989-present)

Footnotes: The previous three Emperors are officially called by their era name in Japan. Akihito is currently referred to as Tenno Heika, in Japanese as he is the reigning emperor, even though his era is called Heisei. In English, Akihito is referred to by name.

In English, Mutsuhito and Yoshihito are referred to as the Meiji and Taisho emperors, respectively. Hirohito, on the other hand, is referred to by name by most English speakers.

* = empresses



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