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 653,036 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Fumimaro Konoe is the 2,353rd most popular politician (up from 2,369th in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from Japan (up from 101st in 2019) and the 26th most popular Japanese 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 2,353 out of 15,710Before him are Adad-nirari III, Abe no Seimei, Gina Haspel, Kim Koo, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, and Afonso VI of Portugal. After him are Mohammad Ali Shah Qajar, Benazir Bhutto, Simone Veil, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, Princess Louise Auguste of Denmark, and Berengar II of Italy.

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Among people born in 1891, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 29Before him are Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Edward Bernays, Frederick Banting, Osip Mandelstam, John Howard Northrop, and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia. After him are Frank Costello, Cole Porter, Michael Chekhov, Ole Kirk Christiansen, Grant Wood, and Max Amann. Among people deceased in 1945, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 62Before him are Giovanni Agnelli, Odilo Globočnik, Robert H. Goddard, Vladimir Vernadsky, Kurt Knispel, and Arthur Nebe. After him are René Lalique, Heinrich Wölfflin, Franz Ziereis, Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, Boris Shaposhnikov, and Margot Frank.

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Among people born in Japan, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 93 out of 5,560Before him are Kōbō Abe (1924), Emperor Go-Momozono (1758), Chiune Sugihara (1900), Masaru Emoto (1943), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), and Abe no Seimei (921). After him are Shin'ichirō Tomonaga (1906), Kiichiro Toyoda (1894), Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740), Sanada Yukimura (1567), Emperor Nakamikado (1702), and Kūkai (774).


Among politicians born in Japan, Fumimaro Konoe ranks 26Before him are Tomoe Gozen (1157), Emperor Annei (-577), Tarō Asō (1940), Emperor Itoku (-553), Emperor Go-Momozono (1758), and Abe no Seimei (921). After him are Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740), Emperor Nakamikado (1702), Prince Shōtoku (574), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Yasuo Fukuda (1936), and Emperor Kōan (-427).