Fumimaro Konoe

1891 - 1945

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Prince Fumimaro Konoe (Japanese: 近衞 文麿, Hepburn: Konoe Fumimaro, often Konoye, 12 October 1891 – 16 December 1945) was a Japanese politician and prime minister. During his tenure, he presided over the Japanese invasion of China in 1937 and the breakdown in relations with the United States, which ultimately culminated in Japan's entry into World War II. He also played a central role in transforming his country into a totalitarian state by passing the National Mobilization Law and founding the Imperial Rule Assistance Association. Despite Konoe's attempts to resolve tensions with the United States, the rigid timetable imposed on negotiations by the military and his own government's inflexibility regarding a diplomatic resolution set Japan on the path to war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fumimaro Konoe has received more than 800,455 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Fumimaro Konoe is the 2,359th most popular politician (down from 2,350th in 2019), the 94th most popular biography from Japan (down from 93rd in 2019) and the 29th most popular Politician.

Fumimaro Konoe was most famous for being the last Prime Minister of Japan before the country was taken over by the United States. He was also the Minister of War and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Among politicians, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 2,359 out of 15,577Before him are Milan I of Serbia, Cleopatra IV of Egypt, Ptolemy X Alexander I, Manco Inca Yupanqui, Æthelberht, King of Wessex, and Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy. After him are Alfonso II of Naples, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, Andrej Babiš, Françoise Marie de Bourbon, Anund Jacob, and Jovanka Broz.

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Among people born in 1891, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 28Before him are Fritz Todt, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, John Howard Northrop, Alexander Rodchenko, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, and Edward Bernays. After him are Osip Mandelstam, Ole Kirk Christiansen, Frank Costello, Alexander Wienerberger, Michael Chekhov, and Pier Luigi Nervi. Among people deceased in 1945, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 61Before him are Hans Geiger, Edith Frank, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Margot Frank, René Lalique, and Robert H. Goddard. After him are Boris Shaposhnikov, Kurt Knispel, Ludwig Stumpfegger, Georg Elser, Juana Bormann, and Arthur Nebe.

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Among people born in Japan, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 94 out of 6,048Before him are Hasekura Tsunenaga (1571), Benkei (1155), Chiune Sugihara (1900), Emperor Itoku (-553), Masaru Emoto (1943), and Joe Hisaishi (1950). After him are Ishida Mitsunari (1559), Emperor Kōan (-427), Tarō Asō (1940), Abe no Seimei (921), Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886), and Kiichiro Toyoda (1894).


Among politicians born in Japan, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 29Before him are Emperor Nakamikado (1702), Tomoe Gozen (1157), Emperor Annei (-577), Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740), Syukuro Manabe (1931), and Emperor Itoku (-553). After him are Emperor Kōan (-427), Tarō Asō (1940), Abe no Seimei (921), Prince Shōtoku (574), Emperor Go-Kōmyō (1633), and Emperor Kōshō (-505).