Emperor Tenmu

631 - 686

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Emperor Tenmu (天武天皇, Tenmu tennō, c. 631 – October 1, 686) was the 40th Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Tenmu has received more than 300,863 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Emperor Tenmu is the 3,258th most popular politician (up from 3,593rd in 2019), the 167th most popular biography from Japan (up from 180th in 2019) and the 53rd most popular Japanese Politician.

Tenmu was the son of Emperor Jomei and Empress Suiko. He was a skilled general and a good ruler. Tenmu is most famous for his role in the Taika Reforms, which were a series of reforms that helped to unify Japan.

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Among politicians, Emperor Tenmu ranks 3,258 out of 19,576Before him are Emperor Kaika, François Vatel, Robert II, Count of Flanders, Magnus III of Sweden, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, and William II of Württemberg. After him are Bimbisara, Louise of Lorraine, Musa Çelebi, Gotthard Kettler, Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, and Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah.

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Among people born in 631, Emperor Tenmu ranks 1After him is Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr. Among people deceased in 686, Emperor Tenmu ranks 2Before him is Pope John V. After him are Umamah bint Zainab, Wonhyo, Centwine of Wessex, and Eadric of Kent.

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Among people born in Japan, Emperor Tenmu ranks 167 out of 6,245Before him are Osamu Yamaji (1929), Nobusuke Kishi (1896), Emperor Ōjin (210), Antonio Inoki (1943), Shohei Imamura (1926), and Emperor Kaika (-208). After him are Masatoshi Koshiba (1926), Junichiro Koizumi (1942), Emperor Suinin (-69), Yasuhiro Nakasone (1918), Syukuro Manabe (1931), and Yasuo Fukuda (1936).


Among politicians born in Japan, Emperor Tenmu ranks 53Before him are Emperor Kanmu (737), Emperor Kōrei (-341), Issey Miyake (1938), Nobusuke Kishi (1896), Emperor Ōjin (210), and Emperor Kaika (-208). After him are Junichiro Koizumi (1942), Emperor Suinin (-69), Yasuhiro Nakasone (1918), Yasuo Fukuda (1936), Imagawa Yoshimoto (1519), and Taira no Kiyomori (1118).