Toyotomi Hideyoshi

1536 - 1598

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi (豊臣 秀吉, 2 February 1537 – 18 September 1598) was a Japanese samurai and daimyo (feudal lord) of the late Sengoku period regarded as the second "Great Unifier" of Japan.Hideyoshi rose from a peasant background as a retainer of the prominent lord Oda Nobunaga to become one of the most powerful men in Japan. Hideyoshi succeeded Nobunaga after the Honnō-ji Incident in 1582 and continued Nobunaga's campaign to unite Japan that led to the closing of the Sengoku period. Hideyoshi became the de facto leader of Japan and acquired the prestigious positions of Chancellor of the Realm and Imperial Regent by the mid-1580s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Toyotomi Hideyoshi has received more than 3,118,506 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Toyotomi Hideyoshi is the 395th most popular politician (down from 353rd in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Japan (down from 12th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Politician.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Japanese samurai and politician of the Sengoku period who is most famous for his conquest of Korea, his unsuccessful invasion of Ming China, and his role in the unification of Japan.

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Among politicians, Toyotomi Hideyoshi ranks 395 out of 15,710Before him are Louis X of France, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Willy Brandt, Tiberius Gracchus, Woodrow Wilson, and Richard II of England. After him are Theodoric the Great, Galerius, Leopold I of Belgium, Miklós Horthy, Orhan, and William III of England.

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Among people born in 1536, Toyotomi Hideyoshi ranks 2Before him is Pope Clement VIII. After him are Yi I, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, Jeremias II of Constantinople, Lord Guildford Dudley, Johann VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, Piotr Skarga, Ignazio Danti, Juan Fernández, Joachim Ernest, Prince of Anhalt, and Leonardo Donato. Among people deceased in 1598, Toyotomi Hideyoshi ranks 2Before him is Philip II of Spain. After him are Feodor I of Russia, Abraham Ortelius, Yi Sun-sin, Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, John George, Elector of Brandenburg, Theodor de Bry, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Paolo Boi, Henri Estienne, and Abdullah Khan II.

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Among people born in Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi ranks 14 out of 5,560Before him are Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), and Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542). After him are Murasaki Shikibu (973), Olivia de Havilland (1916), Yukio Mishima (1925), Naruhito (1960), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), and Emperor Taishō (1879).


Among politicians born in Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi ranks 3Before him are Hirohito (1901) and Emperor Meiji (1852). After him are 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).