Emperor Kōkaku

1771 - 1840

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Emperor Kōkaku (光格天皇, Kōkaku-tennō, 23 September 1771 – 11 December 1840) was the 119th Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Kōkaku reigned from 16 December 1780 until his abdication on 7 May 1817 in favor of his son, Emperor Ninkō. After his abdication, he ruled as Daijō Tennō (太上天皇, Abdicated Emperor) also known as a Jōkō (上皇) until his death in 1840. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Kōkaku has received more than 498,281 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Emperor Kōkaku is the 1,551st most popular politician (up from 1,565th in 2019), the 57th most popular biography from Japan and the 15th most popular Japanese Politician.

Emperor Kōkaku is most famous for his role in the Meiji Restoration.

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Among politicians, Emperor Kōkaku ranks 1,551 out of 15,710Before him are Tiberius II Constantine, Æthelred the Unready, Henry II of Navarre, Emperor Ninkō, Ahmad Sanjar, and Josef Kramer. After him are Lajos Kossuth, Gongmin of Goryeo, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, Djer, Bessus, and Pharamond.

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Among people born in 1771, Emperor Kōkaku ranks 5Before him are Walter Scott, Robert Owen, Richard Trevithick, and Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen. After him are Antoine-Jean Gros, Julie Clary, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, Alois Senefelder, Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Marie François Xavier Bichat, and Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg. Among people deceased in 1840, Emperor Kōkaku ranks 7Before him are Niccolò Paganini, Caspar David Friedrich, Frederick William III of Prussia, Siméon Denis Poisson, Lucien Bonaparte, and Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers. After him are Jacques MacDonald, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Louis de Bonald, Maria Beatrice of Savoy, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, and Jean-Étienne Dominique Esquirol.

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Among people born in Japan, Emperor Kōkaku ranks 57 out of 5,560Before him are Itō Hirobumi (1841), Liv Ullmann (1938), Shinzō Abe (1954), Jiro Horikoshi (1903), Takeshi Kitano (1947), and Emperor Ninkō (1800). After him are Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Date Masamune (1567), Utamaro (1753), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), and Koxinga (1624).


Among politicians born in Japan, Emperor Kōkaku ranks 15Before him are Takeda Shingen (1521), Emperor Kōmei (1831), Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), Itō Hirobumi (1841), Shinzō Abe (1954), and Emperor Ninkō (1800). After him are Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), Koxinga (1624), Emperor Suizei (-669), Tomoe Gozen (1157), and Emperor Annei (-577).