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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 from 7 January 1989 until his abdication on 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 8,310,545 page views. His biography is available in 111 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 104 in 2019). Akihito is the 9th most popular nobleman (up from 12th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Japan (up from 6th in 2019) and the most popular 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 9 out of 842Before him are Marie Antoinette, Ramesses II, Ragnar Lodbrok, Catherine the Great, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Margrethe II of Denmark. After him are Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, William the Conqueror, Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Albert, Prince Consort.

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Among people born in 1933, Akihito ranks 2Before him is Jean-Paul Belmondo. After him are Karl Lagerfeld, Dalida, Garrincha, Roman Polanski, Montserrat Caballé, Michael Caine, Yoko Ono, Charles K. Kao, James Brown, and Francisco Gento.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Akihito ranks 3 out of 6,048Before him are Hirohito (1901) and Hokusai (1760). After him are Akira Kurosawa (1910), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Emperor Meiji (1852), Kanō Jigorō (1860), Yukio Mishima (1925), Matsuo Bashō (1644), and Haruki Murakami (1949).

Among NOBLEMEN In Japan

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