Ashikaga Takauji

1305 - 1358

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Ashikaga Takauji (足利 尊氏, August 18, 1305 – June 7, 1358) was the founder and first shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate. His rule began in 1338, beginning the Muromachi period of Japan, and ended with his death in 1358. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ashikaga Takauji has received more than 197,820 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Ashikaga Takauji is the 3,621st most popular politician (down from 3,301st in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from Japan (down from 159th in 2019) and the 63rd most popular Japanese Politician.

Ashikaga Takauji is most famous for being the first shogun of the Muromachi period. He overthrew the Kamakura shogunate in 1333, and founded the Ashikaga shogunate.

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Among politicians, Ashikaga Takauji ranks 3,621 out of 15,710Before him are Andrew Dickson White, Menkauhor Kaiu, Tancred of Hauteville, Balash, Fatma Sultan, and Geunchogo of Baekje. After him are Paul Deschanel, Naoto Kan, Julia Avita Mamaea, Emperor Ping of Han, Daemusin of Goguryeo, and Albert VI, Archduke of Austria.

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Among people born in 1305, Ashikaga Takauji ranks 3Before him are Abu Sa'id Bahadur Khan and Marie of Luxembourg, Queen of France. After him are Peter II of Sicily, Elizabeth of Poland, Queen of Hungary, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Germany, and Henry XIV, Duke of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1358, Ashikaga Takauji ranks 3Before him are Isabella of France and Albert II, Duke of Austria. After him are Étienne Marcel and Guillaume Cale.

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Among people born in Japan, Ashikaga Takauji ranks 188 out of 5,560Before him are Yoshirō Mori (1937), Amakusa Shirō (1621), Shohei Imamura (1926), Emperor Kanmu (737), Ken Shimura (1950), and Emperor Tenji (626). After him are Naoto Kan (1946), Nagayasu Honda (null), Masahiko Kimura (1917), Yohji Yamamoto (1943), Kenzo Ohashi (1934), and Kyu Sakamoto (1941).


Among politicians born in Japan, Ashikaga Takauji ranks 63Before him are Shigeru Yoshida (1878), Nobusuke Kishi (1896), Yoshirō Mori (1937), Amakusa Shirō (1621), Emperor Kanmu (737), and Emperor Tenji (626). After him are Naoto Kan (1946), Emperor Seimu (83), Emperor Richū (336), Issey Miyake (1938), Imagawa Yoshimoto (1519), and Ōkubo Toshimichi (1830).