Uesugi Kenshin

1530 - 1578

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Nagao Kagetora (長尾 景虎, February 18, 1530 – April 19, 1578), later known as Uesugi Kenshin (上杉 謙信), was a Japanese daimyō. He was born in Nagao clan, and after adoption into the Uesugi clan, ruled Echigo Province in the Sengoku period of Japan. He was one of the most powerful daimyō of the Sengoku period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Uesugi Kenshin has received more than 1,119,373 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Uesugi Kenshin is the 1,735th most popular politician (up from 1,737th in 2019), the 71st most popular biography from Japan (down from 67th in 2019) and the 19th most popular Japanese Politician.

Uesugi Kenshin was a samurai who ruled over Echigo and Shinano provinces in Japan during the Sengoku period. He is most famous for his role in the Battle of Kawanakajima in 1561, where he defeated Takeda Shingen, the most powerful warrior of the Takeda clan.

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Among politicians, Uesugi Kenshin ranks 1,735 out of 19,576Before him are Shepseskaf, Seti II, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Ioannis Metaxas, Nikola IV Zrinski, and Karl Renner. After him are Galeazzo Ciano, Ptolemy VII Neos Philopator, Salome Zourabichvili, Perseus of Macedon, Chiang Ching-kuo, and Harthacnut.

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Among people born in 1530, Uesugi Kenshin ranks 4Before him are Ivan the Terrible, Jean Bodin, and Étienne de La Boétie. After him are Yasuke, Jean Nicot, Ruy López de Segura, Anastasia Romanovna, Louis, Prince of Condé, Jan Kochanowski, Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Christopher Báthory. Among people deceased in 1578, Uesugi Kenshin ranks 5Before him are Mihrimah Sultan, Sebastian of Portugal, John of Austria, and Catherine of Austria, Queen of Portugal. After him are Pierre Lescot, Piali Pasha, Sebastiano Venier, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, Joanna of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Giulio Clovio, and Ferdinand, Prince of Asturias.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Uesugi Kenshin ranks 71 out of 6,245Before him are Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Hideki Yukawa (1907), Kenzō Tange (1913), Fumio Kishida (1957), and Akira Toriyama (1955). After him are Shirō Ishii (1892), Date Masamune (1567), Sonny Chiba (1939), Kazuo Ishiguro (1954), Utamaro (1753), and Dōgen (1200).


Among politicians born in Japan, Uesugi Kenshin ranks 19Before him are Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147), Emperor Ninkō (1800), Emperor Kōkaku (1771), Koxinga (1624), Emperor Suizei (-669), and Fumio Kishida (1957). After him are Tomoe Gozen (1157), Emperor Annei (-577), Yoshihide Suga (1948), Himiko (175), Emperor Itoku (-553), and Prince Shōtoku (574).