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Akihito (明仁, Japanese: [akiꜜçi̥to]; English: (listen) or ; born 23 December 1933) is a member of the Imperial House of Japan who reigned as the 125th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession, from 7 January 1989 until 30 April 2019. He presided over the Heisei era, Heisei being an expression of achieving peace worldwide.Born in the Empire of Japan in 1933, Akihito is the first son of Emperor Shōwa and Empress Kōjun. During the Second World War, he moved out of Tokyo with his classmates, and remained in Nikkō until 1945. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Akihito has received more than 7,609,123 page views. His biography is available in 104 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 100 in 2019). Akihito is the 12th most popular nobleman (down from 6th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Japan (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Japanese Nobleman.

Akihito is most famous for being the 125th Emperor of Japan. He was born on December 23, 1933, and is the first emperor to be born in Japan since Emperor Komei in 1846. Akihito married Michiko Shoda on April 10, 1959, and they have three children: Crown Prince Naruhito, Princess Masako, and Princess Aiko.

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Among noblemen, Akihito ranks 12 out of 843Before him are Catherine the Great, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Margrethe II of Denmark, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, and Lucrezia Borgia. After him are Rollo, Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Juan Carlos I of Spain, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, and Harold Harefoot.

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Among people born in 1933, Akihito ranks 2Before him is Roman Polanski. After him are Garrincha, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Yoko Ono, Michael Caine, Montserrat Caballé, James Brown, Dalida, Nina Simone, and Claudio Abbado.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Akihito ranks 6 out of 5,560Before him are Hirohito (1901), Hokusai (1760), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), and Matsuo Bashō (1644). After him are Emperor Meiji (1852), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), and Isoroku Yamamoto (1884).

Among NOBLEMEN In Japan

Among noblemen born in Japan, Akihito ranks 1After him are Naruhito (1960), Prince Yasuhiko Asaka (1887), Fumihito, Prince Akishino (1965), Nobuhito, Prince Takamatsu (1905), Kiko, Princess Akishino (1966), Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (1946), Sayako Kuroda (1969), Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001), Princess Mako of Akishino (1991), Princess Kako of Akishino (1994), and Prince Hisahito of Akishino (2006).