Tokugawa Ieyasu

1542 - 1616

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Tokugawa Ieyasu (born Matsudaira Takechiyo; January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, which ruled from 1603 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. He was one of the three "Great Unifiers" of Japan, along with his former lord Oda Nobunaga and fellow Oda subordinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The son of a minor daimyo, Ieyasu once lived as a hostage under daimyo Imagawa Yoshimoto on behalf of his father. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tokugawa Ieyasu has received more than 5,760,724 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Tokugawa Ieyasu is the 31st most popular military personnel, the 12th most popular biography from Japan (up from 13th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Tokugawa Ieyasu is most famous for his victory over his opponents in the Battle of Sekigahara, which led to the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate.

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Among military personnels, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 31 out of 2,058Before him are Heinz Guderian, Cesare Borgia, Jan Žižka, Wilhelm Keitel, Guan Yu, and Vercingetorix. After him are Eugène de Beauharnais, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Belisarius, Alfred Dreyfus, Simo Häyhä, and Pyrrhus of Epirus.

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Among people born in 1542, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 3Before him are Akbar, and Mary, Queen of Scots. After him are John of the Cross, Hattori Hanzō, Robert Bellarmine, Mariam-uz-Zamani, Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, Jan Zamoyski, Ruqaiya Sultan Begum, Henriette of Cleves, and Giovanni Leonardo Di Bona. Among people deceased in 1616, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 3Before him are William Shakespeare, and Miguel de Cervantes. After him are Vincenzo Scamozzi, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Jacob Le Maire, Andreas Libavius, John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Simeon Bekbulatovich, Magdalene of Brandenburg, and Agnes Hedwig of Anhalt.

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Among people born in Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 12 out of 6,245Before him are Akira Kurosawa (1910), Emperor Meiji (1852), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Matsuo Bashō (1644), Haruki Murakami (1949), and Yukio Mishima (1925). After him are Naruhito (1960), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Emperor Taishō (1879), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Yoko Ono (1933), and Yasunari Kawabata (1899).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 2Before him are Oda Nobunaga (1534). After him are Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Hattori Hanzō (1542), Saigō Takamori (1828), Hiroo Onoda (1922), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Date Masamune (1567), and Tōgō Heihachirō (1848).