Mōri Motonari

1497 - 1571

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Mōri Motonari (毛利 元就, April 16, 1497 – July 6, 1571) was a prominent daimyō (feudal lord) in the western Chūgoku region of Japan during the Sengoku period of the 16th century. The Mōri clan claimed descent from Ōe no Hiromoto (大江広元), an adviser to Minamoto no Yoritomo. Motonari is known as a great strategist who began as a small local warlord (jizamurai) of Aki Province who extended his clan's power to nearly all of the Chūgoku region through war, marriage, adoption and assassination. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mōri Motonari has received more than 187,316 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Mōri Motonari is the 4,233rd most popular politician (down from 3,982nd in 2019), the 252nd most popular biography from Japan (down from 231st in 2019) and the 83rd most popular Japanese Politician.

Mōri Motonari is most famous for the Battle of Sekigahara, which was the decisive battle in the power struggle between two major factions in Japan, the Toyotomi and the Tokugawa.

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Among politicians, Mōri Motonari ranks 4,233 out of 15,710. Before him are Ivan Silayev, Gentius, George II Rákóczi, Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine, Itamar Franco, and Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. After him are Muhammad I of Granada, Bronisław Komorowski, Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, Zhao Tuo, Fikret Abdić, and Æthelbald, King of Wessex.

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Among people born in 1497, Mōri Motonari ranks 5Before him are Philip Melanchthon, Hans Holbein the Younger, Beyhan Sultan, and Pedro de Valdivia. After him are Emperor Go-Nara, Jean Fernel, Ernest I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Stephen Gardiner. Among people deceased in 1571, Mōri Motonari ranks 6Before him are Benvenuto Cellini, John Sigismund Zápolya, Niccolò dell'Abbate, Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg, and Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg. After him are Titu Cusi, Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, Hōjō Ujiyasu, Müezzinzade Ali Pasha, Giovanni Animuccia, and Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox.

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Among people born in Japan, Mōri Motonari ranks 252 out of 5,560. Before him are Katsura Tarō (1848), Shoichi Nishimura (1912), Toshio Hirabayashi (null), Masatoshi Koshiba (1926), Emperor Ankō (401), and Masanori Tokita (1925). After him are Tamotsu Asakura (null), Yukio Tsuda (1917), Tsugumi Ohba (1950), Terauchi Masatake (1852), Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684), and Kazuyoshi Miura (1967).


Among politicians born in Japan, Mōri Motonari ranks 83Before him are Emperor Hanzei (336), Ko Yong-hui (1952), Emperor Tenmu (631), Kantarō Suzuki (1868), Katsura Tarō (1848), and Emperor Ankō (401). After him are Terauchi Masatake (1852), Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684), Katō Kiyomasa (1561), Nobuyuki Abe (1875), Empress Genshō (680), and Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358).