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Emperor Kanmu

737 - 806

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Emperor Kanmu (桓武天皇, Kammu-tennō, 735 – 9 April 806), or Kammu, was the 50th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Kanmu has received more than 381,926 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Emperor Kanmu is the 3,496th most popular politician (up from 3,559th in 2019), the 172nd most popular biography from Japan (up from 185th in 2019) and the 62nd most popular Japanese Politician.

Emperor Kanmu is most famous for his reforms that were intended to strengthen the central government. He was also the first emperor to use the title "Tenno" which means "heavenly sovereign."

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Among politicians, Emperor Kanmu ranks 3,496 out of 15,577Before him are Ptolemy of Mauretania, Ahmadou Ahidjo, Hyrcanus II, Albert of Saxony, Aimery of Cyprus, and Mark Rutte. After him are Leopold, Prince of Hohenzollern, Cyril Ramaphosa, Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Josef Terboven, Mihály Károlyi, and William V, Duke of Bavaria.

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Among people born in 737, Emperor Kanmu ranks 1After him is Hisham ibn al-Kalbi. Among people deceased in 806, Emperor Kanmu ranks 1After him are Emperor Shunzong of Tang, Tarasios of Constantinople, and Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm al-Fazārī.

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Among people born in Japan, Emperor Kanmu ranks 172 out of 6,048Before him are Satoshi Ōmura (1935), Emperor Tenji (626), Akira Suzuki (1930), Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952), Sugawara no Michizane (845), and Edogawa Ranpo (1894). After him are Empress Genshō (680), Emperor Richū (336), Zeami Motokiyo (1363), Tsugumi Ohba (1950), Naoto Kan (1946), and Imagawa Yoshimoto (1519).


Among politicians born in Japan, Emperor Kanmu ranks 62Before him are Shigeru Yoshida (1878), Fujiko Fujio (1934), Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604), Emperor Ōjin (210), Yasuhiro Nakasone (1918), and Emperor Tenji (626). After him are Empress Genshō (680), Emperor Richū (336), Naoto Kan (1946), Imagawa Yoshimoto (1519), Emperor Antoku (1178), and Masamune (1300).