Emperor Kōmei

1831 - 1867

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Emperor Kōmei (孝明天皇, Kōmei-tennō, 22 July 1831 – 30 January 1867) was the 121st Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Kōmei's reign spanned the years from 1846 through 1867, corresponding to the final years of the Edo period.During his reign there was much internal turmoil as a result of Japan's first major contact with the United States, which occurred under Commodore Perry in 1853 and 1854, and the subsequent forced re-opening of Japan to western nations, ending a 220-year period of national seclusion. Emperor Kōmei did not care much for anything foreign, and he opposed opening Japan to Western powers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Kōmei has received more than 1,022,139 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Emperor Kōmei is the 1,309th most popular politician (down from 1,244th in 2019), the 49th most popular biography from Japan (down from 43rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular Japanese Politician.

Emperor Kōmei was most famous for being the emperor of Japan during the Meiji Restoration. He was the emperor during the time when Japan went from being a feudal society to a modernized nation.

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Among politicians, Emperor Kōmei ranks 1,309 out of 15,710Before him are Stephen, King of England, Zog I of Albania, Publius Cornelius Scipio, Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, Khosrow II, and Crazy Horse. After him are Baldwin V of Jerusalem, Alaric II, John VII Palaiologos, Minamoto no Yoritomo, Sogdianus of Persia, and Gaspard II de Coligny.

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Among people born in 1831, Emperor Kōmei ranks 8Before him are Sitting Bull, Frederick III, German Emperor, Helena Blavatsky, Xianfeng Emperor, James A. Garfield, and Richard Dedekind. After him are Leo von Caprivi, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, John Stith Pemberton, Johann Martin Schleyer, Cheoljong of Joseon, and Eduard Suess. Among people deceased in 1867, Emperor Kōmei ranks 6Before him are Michael Faraday, Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Maximilian I of Mexico, and Théodore Rousseau. After him are Franz Bopp, Otto of Greece, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Maria Theresa of Austria, Sakamoto Ryōma, and Princess Sophie of Saxony.

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Among people born in Japan, Emperor Kōmei ranks 49 out of 5,560Before him are Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Yayoi Kusama (1929), Osamu Dazai (1909), Sei Shōnagon (966), Tadao Ando (1941), and Yasujirō Ozu (1903). After him are Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), Itō Hirobumi (1841), Liv Ullmann (1938), Shinzō Abe (1954), Jiro Horikoshi (1903), and Takeshi Kitano (1947).


Among politicians born in Japan, Emperor Kōmei ranks 10Before him are Emperor Jimmu (-711), Hideki Tojo (1884), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Himiko (175), and Takeda Shingen (1521). After him are Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), Itō Hirobumi (1841), Shinzō Abe (1954), Emperor Ninkō (1800), Emperor Kōkaku (1771), and Uesugi Kenshin (1530).