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Himiko (卑弥呼, c. 170–248 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. Early Japanese histories do not mention Himiko, but historians associate her with legendary figures such as Empress Consort Jingū, who is said to have served as regent from 201 to 269.Scholarly debates over the identity of Himiko and the location of her domain, Yamatai, have raged since the late Edo period, with opinions divided between northern Kyūshū or traditional Yamato Province in present-day Kinki. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Himiko has received more than 1,483,533 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Himiko is the 1,071st most popular politician (down from 1,062nd in 2019), the 35th most popular biography from Japan (down from 34th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Japanese Politician.

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

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Among politicians, Himiko ranks 1,071 out of 15,577Before her are Saud of Saudi Arabia, Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Shoshenq I, Chlothar II, Sigismund I the Old, and Adolphe Thiers. After her are Yulia Tymoshenko, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Ariq Böke, Dionysius I of Syracuse, Alfredo Stroessner, and Rashid-al-Din Hamadani.

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

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Himiko ranks 35 out of 6,048Before her are Osamu Tezuka (1928), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Kane Tanaka (1903), Gichin Funakoshi (1868), and Sadako Sasaki (1943). After her are Emperor Kōmei (1831), Tadao Ando (1941), Morihei Ueshiba (1883), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), and Emperor Ninkō (1800).


Among politicians born in Japan, Himiko ranks 8Before her are Emperor Meiji (1852), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Jimmu (-711), Hideki Tojo (1884), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), and Lee Myung-bak (1941). After her are Emperor Kōmei (1831), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Emperor Ninkō (1800), Emperor Kōkaku (1771), Itō Hirobumi (1841), and Takeda Shingen (1521).