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Emperor Go-Sai

1638 - 1685

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Emperor Go-Sai (後西天皇, Go-Sai-tennō, January 1, 1638 – March 22, 1685), also known as Emperor Go-Saiin (後西院天皇, Go-Saiin-tennō), was the 111th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.Go-Sai's reign spanned the years from 1655 through 1663.This 17th-century sovereign was named after the 9th-century Emperor Junna and go- (後), translates as later, and thus, he could have been called the "Later Emperor Junna". Emperor Go-Sai could not pass the throne onto his descendants. For this reason, he was known as the Go-Saiin emperor, after an alternate name of Emperor Junna, who had confronted and reached an accommodation with similar issues. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Go-Sai has received more than 188,335 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Emperor Go-Sai is the 2,631st most popular politician (up from 3,164th in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from Japan (up from 141st in 2019) and the 38th most popular Japanese Politician.

Emperor Go-sai is most famous for his decision to abandon Kyoto and the imperial court in order to set up a new capital in Tokyo, which was then called Edo. This decision was made after the Great Fire of Meireki in 1657.

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Among politicians, Emperor Go-Sai ranks 2,631 out of 15,577Before him are Georg Michaelis, Chaghri Beg, Moctezuma I, B. J. Habibie, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, and Mentuhotep III. After him are Alfred Hugenberg, Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Günter Schabowski, Dương Văn Minh, Magnentius, and Felipe González.

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Among people born in 1638, Emperor Go-Sai ranks 7Before him are Louis XIV of France, Maria Theresa of Spain, Shunzhi Emperor, Nicolas Malebranche, Nicolas Steno, and Catherine of Braganza. After him are Olympia Mancini, Countess of Soissons, Meindert Hobbema, James Gregory, Elisabetta Sirani, Christoph Cellarius, and Frederik Ruysch. Among people deceased in 1685, Emperor Go-Sai ranks 2Before him is Charles II of England. After him are Adriaen van Ostade, Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Charles II, Elector Palatine, Juan Carreño de Miranda, Louis Armand I, Prince of Conti, Archduchess Isabella Clara of Austria, James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, Michel Le Tellier, Francisco Herrera the Younger, and John Pell.

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Among people born in Japan, Emperor Go-Sai ranks 112 out of 6,048Before him are Emperor Go-Kōmyō (1633), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Emperor Higashiyama (1675), Empress Meishō (1624), Kōbō Abe (1924), and Toyotomi Hideyori (1593). After him are Kōnosuke Matsushita (1894), Paulo Miki (1564), Emperor Reigen (1654), Akio Morita (1921), Emperor Momozono (1741), and Kakuichi Mimura (1931).


Among politicians born in Japan, Emperor Go-Sai ranks 38Before him are Abe no Seimei (921), Prince Shōtoku (574), Emperor Go-Kōmyō (1633), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Emperor Higashiyama (1675), and Empress Meishō (1624). After him are Emperor Reigen (1654), Emperor Momozono (1741), Emperor Nintoku (290), Emperor Kōrei (-341), Emperor Suinin (-69), and Taira no Kiyomori (1118).