1901 - 1989

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Emperor Shōwa (昭和天皇, Shōwa-tennō, 29 April 1901 – 7 January 1989), commonly known in English-speaking countries by his personal name Hirohito (裕仁), was the 124th emperor of Japan, ruling from 25 December 1926 until his death in 1989. Hirohito and his wife, Empress Kōjun, had 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 10,948,005 page views. His biography is available in 122 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 118 in 2019). Hirohito is the 82nd most popular politician (up from 104th in 2019), the most popular biography from Japan and the most popular 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 82 out of 15,577Before him are Ivan the Terrible, Richard I of England, Napoleon III, Rama, Joe Biden, and Ashoka. After him are Selim I, Trajan, Nicolae Ceaușescu, Kösem Sultan, Francisco Franco, and Philip II of Spain.

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Among people born in 1901, Hirohito ranks 1After him are Walt Disney, Marlene Dietrich, Werner Heisenberg, Louis Armstrong, Enrico Fermi, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Jacques Lacan, Linus Pauling, Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, and Sukarno. Among people deceased in 1989, Hirohito ranks 2Before him is Salvador Dalí. After him are Nicolae Ceaușescu, Ruhollah Khomeini, Samuel Beckett, Ted Bundy, Herbert von Karajan, Konrad Lorenz, Sergio Leone, Georges Simenon, Andrei Sakharov, and Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Hirohito ranks 1 out of 6,048After him are Hokusai (1760), Akihito (1933), Akira Kurosawa (1910), Hayao Miyazaki (1941), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Emperor Meiji (1852), Kanō Jigorō (1860), Yukio Mishima (1925), Matsuo Bashō (1644), and Haruki Murakami (1949).


Among politicians born in Japan, Hirohito ranks 1After him are Emperor Meiji (1852), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Jimmu (-711), Hideki Tojo (1884), Sasaki Kojirō (1583), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Himiko (175), Emperor Kōmei (1831), Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Emperor Ninkō (1800), and Emperor Kōkaku (1771).