1901 - 1989

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Emperor Shōwa, (昭和, 29 April 1901 – 7 January 1989) better known in English by his personal name Hirohito (裕仁), was the 124th emperor of Japan, ruling over the Empire of Japan from 1926 until 1947, after which he was Emperor of the state of Japan until his death in 1989. Hirohito and his wife, Empress Kōjun, had seven children, two sons and five daughters; he was succeeded by his fifth child and eldest son, Akihito. By 1979, Hirohito was the only monarch in the world with the title "emperor". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hirohito has received more than 9,561,771 page views. His biography is available in 118 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 116 in 2019). Hirohito is the 104th most popular politician (down from 78th in 2019), the most popular biography from Japan and the most popular Japanese Politician.

Hirohito was the emperor of Japan from 1926 to 1989. He is most famous for being the emperor of Japan during World War II.

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Among politicians, Hirohito ranks 104 out of 15,710Before him are Murad IV, Wilhelm II, German Emperor, Ivar the Boneless, Cleopatra, Herod the Great, and Muammar Gaddafi. After him are Philip IV of France, Xerxes I, Claudius, George Washington, Isabella I of Castile, and Pepin the Short.

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Among people born in 1901, Hirohito ranks 2Before him is Walt Disney. After him are Werner Heisenberg, Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich, Enrico Fermi, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Jacques Lacan, Linus Pauling, Sukarno, Rudolf Höss, and Clark Gable. Among people deceased in 1989, Hirohito ranks 3Before him are Salvador Dalí and Nicolae Ceaușescu. After him are Ruhollah Khomeini, Samuel Beckett, Sergio Leone, Konrad Lorenz, Ted Bundy, Herbert von Karajan, Georges Simenon, Andrei Sakharov, and Elena Ceaușescu.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Hirohito ranks 1 out of 5,560After him are Hokusai (1760), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Akihito (1933), Emperor Meiji (1852), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), and Isoroku Yamamoto (1884).


Among politicians born in Japan, Hirohito ranks 1After him are Emperor Meiji (1852), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Jimmu (-711), Hideki Tojo (1884), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Himiko (175), Takeda Shingen (1521), Emperor Kōmei (1831), Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), and Itō Hirobumi (1841).