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Himiko (卑弥呼, c. 170–247/248 AD), also known as Shingi Waō (親魏倭王, "Ruler of Wa, Friend of Wei"), was a shamaness-queen of Yamatai-koku in Wakoku (倭国). Early Chinese dynastic histories chronicle tributary relations between Queen Himiko and the Cao Wei Kingdom (220–265) and record that the Yayoi period people chose her as ruler following decades of warfare among the kings of Wa. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Himiko has received more than 1,731,734 page views. Her biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Himiko is the 2,054th most popular politician (down from 1,062nd in 2019), the 85th most popular biography from Japan (down from 35th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Japanese Politician.

Himiko is most famous for being the first female ruler of Japan.

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Among politicians, Himiko ranks 2,054 out of 19,576Before her are Michael Collins, Carloman, Myeongjong of Joseon, Johannes Rau, Alexander Helios, and Mário Soares. After her are Karl Hanke, Šuppiluliuma I, Zalman Shazar, Alexandre Millerand, Martin of Aragon, and Al-Aziz Uthman.

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Among people born in 175, Himiko ranks 4Before her are Zhou Yu, Sun Ce, and Ammonius Saccas. After her is Gan Ning. Among people deceased in 248, Himiko ranks 1After her are Lady Triệu, Pacatianus, Pope Heraclas of Alexandria, and Dongcheon of Goguryeo.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Himiko ranks 85 out of 6,245Before her are Nichiren (1222), Emperor Annei (-577), Jiro Horikoshi (1903), Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Yoshihide Suga (1948), and Kiichiro Toyoda (1894). After her are Shin'ichirō Tomonaga (1906), Sakamoto Ryōma (1836), Ryuichi Sakamoto (1952), Joe Hisaishi (1950), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), and Kōbō Abe (1924).


Among politicians born in Japan, Himiko ranks 23Before her are Emperor Suizei (-669), Fumio Kishida (1957), Uesugi Kenshin (1530), Tomoe Gozen (1157), Emperor Annei (-577), and Yoshihide Suga (1948). After her are Emperor Itoku (-553), Prince Shōtoku (574), Empress Go-Sakuramachi (1740), Naoto Kan (1946), Emperor Go-Momozono (1758), and Emperor Kōshō (-505).