Ishikawa Goemon

1558 - 1594

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Ishikawa Goemon (石川 五右衛門, Ishikawa Goemon, August 24, 1558 – October 8, 1594) was a legendary Japanese outlaw hero who stole gold and other valuables to give to the poor. He and his son were boiled alive in public after their failed assassination attempt on the Sengoku period warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ishikawa Goemon has received more than 804,544 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Ishikawa Goemon is the 100th most popular social activist (up from 142nd in 2019), the 143rd most popular biography from Japan (up from 289th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Social Activist.

Ishikawa Goemon was a famous thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor.

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Among social activists, Ishikawa Goemon ranks 100 out of 544Before him are Annie Besant, Bugsy Siegel, Emilia Plater, Judas of Galilee, Flora Tristan, and Huda Sha'arawi. After him are Gerald Durrell, Meng Huo, Vlado Chernozemski, Amílcar Cabral, Kim Hyong-jik, and Mordechai Anielewicz.

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Among people born in 1558, Ishikawa Goemon ranks 3Before him are Michael the Brave and Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria. After him are Hendrik Goltzius, Thomas Kyd, Oda Nobutaka, Robert Greene, and Thomas Lodge. Among people deceased in 1594, Ishikawa Goemon ranks 5Before him are Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Tintoretto, Orlande de Lassus, and Gerardus Mercator. After him are Archduchess Eleanor of Austria, Martin Frobisher, Thomas Kyd, Bálint Balassi, and Alonso de Ercilla.

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Among people born in Japan, Ishikawa Goemon ranks 143 out of 5,560Before him are Mikao Usui (1865), Okita Sōji (1842), Ken Watanabe (1959), Taira no Kiyomori (1118), Emperor Go-Sai (1638), and Junko Tabei (1939). After him are Tokugawa Iemitsu (1604), Emperor Go-Kōmyō (1633), Sakichi Toyoda (1867), Sen no Rikyū (1522), Akira Kitaguchi (1935), and Emperor Go-Daigo (1288).


Among social activists born in Japan, Ishikawa Goemon ranks 3Before him are Sadako Sasaki (1943) and Sakamoto Ryōma (1836). After him are Otoya Yamaguchi (1943), Itagaki Taisuke (1837), Toyohiko Kagawa (1888), Gotō Shōjirō (1838), Megumi Yokota (1964), Jared Taylor (1951), and Akira Amano (1973).