Emperor Meiji

1852 - 1912

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Mutsuhito (3 November 1852 – 30 July 1912), posthumously honored as Emperor Meiji, was the 122nd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Reigning from 1867 to his death, he was the first monarch of the Empire of Japan and presided over the Meiji era. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Meiji has received more than 5,187,985 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 79 in 2019). Emperor Meiji is the 191st most popular politician (up from 240th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Japan (up from 8th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Politician.

Emperor Meiji is most famous for the modernization of Japan.

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Among politicians, Emperor Meiji ranks 191 out of 19,576Before him are Babur, Ho Chi Minh, Demosthenes, Maximilien Robespierre, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and Anwar Sadat. After him are Mark Antony, Salman of Saudi Arabia, Ali Khamenei, Batu Khan, William I, German Emperor, and Louis the Pious.

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Among people born in 1852, Emperor Meiji ranks 3Before him are Antoni Gaudí, and Henri Becquerel. After him are Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Gojong of Korea, William Ramsay, Emil Fischer, Albert A. Michelson, Henri Moissan, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Joseph Joffre, and Francisco Tárrega. Among people deceased in 1912, Emperor Meiji ranks 1After him are August Strindberg, Henri Poincaré, Frederick VIII of Denmark, Jules Massenet, Frédéric Passy, Bram Stoker, Edward Smith, Karl May, Thomas Andrews, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Robert Falcon Scott.

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Among people born in Japan, Emperor Meiji ranks 7 out of 6,245Before him are Hirohito (1901), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Hokusai (1760), Akihito (1933), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), and Akira Kurosawa (1910). After him are Oda Nobunaga (1534), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Haruki Murakami (1949), Yukio Mishima (1925), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), and Naruhito (1960).


Among politicians born in Japan, Emperor Meiji ranks 2Before him are Hirohito (1901). After him are Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Jimmu (-711), Shinzō Abe (1954), Hideki Tojo (1884), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Itō Hirobumi (1841), Emperor Kōmei (1831), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), and Takeda Shingen (1521).