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According to mythology, Japan's first Emperor Jimmu, a descendant of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, was enthroned in the year 660 BC. While the myths are not considered historically accurate, it is a commonly accepted fact that emperors have reigned over Japan for more than 1500 years, and that they have all descended from the same imperial family.

132 facts:

Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Bidatsu Osada No Nunakura
572 to 585
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Gemmei Ahe
707 to 715
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Jito Unonosarara
686 to 697
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Kogyoku Takara Ame Toyotakaraikashi Hitarashi Hime
642 to 645
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Saimei
655 to 661
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Suiko Nukatabe Toyomike Kashikiyahime
592 to 628 - First female emperor
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Jomei Tamura
629 to 641
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Kimmei Amekuni Oshiharuki Hironiwa
539 to 571
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Kobun Otomo
672
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Kotoku Karu
645 to 654
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Mommu Karu
697 to 707
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Sushun Hatsusebe
587 to 592
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Temmu Oama
672 to 686
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Tenji Katsuragi Nakano-ooe
661 to 672
Asuka Period
   had the ruler   
Yomei Ooe Tachibana
585 to 587
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Go-Sakuramachi Toshiko
1762 to 1771
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Meisho Okiko
1629 to 1643
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Komyo Tsuguhito
1643 to 1654
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Mizunoo
1611 to 1629
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Momozono Hidehito
1771 to 1779
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Sai Nagahito
1655 to 1663
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Higashiyama Asahito
1687 to 1709
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Kokaku Tomohito
1780 to 1817
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Komei Osahito
1846 to 1867
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Momozono Toohito
1747 to 1762
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Nakamikado Yasuhito
1709 to 1735
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Ninko Ayahito
1817 to 1846
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Reigen Satohito
1663 to 1687
Edo Period
   had the ruler   
Sakuramachi Teruhito
1735 to 1747
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Antoku Tokihito
1180 to 1185 - Became Emperor at the age of one.
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Daigo Atsuhito
897 to 930
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
En'yu Morihira
969 to 984
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Ichijo Atsuhira
1016 to 1036
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Reizei Chikahito
1045 to 1068
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Sanjo Takahito
1068 to 1073
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Shirakawa Masahito
1155 to 1158
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Suzaku Atsunaga Atsuyoshi
1036 to 1045
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Toba Takahira
1183 to 1198
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Heizei Ate
806 to 809
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Horikawa Taruhito
1087 to 1107
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Ichijo Yasuhito Kanehito
986 to 1011
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Junna Otomo
823 to 833
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Kammu Yamabe
781 to 806
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Kazan Morosada
984 to 986
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Koko Tokiyasu
884 to 887
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Konoe Narihito
1142 to 1155
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Montoku Michiyasu
850 to 858
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Murakami Nariakira
946 to 967
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Nijo Morihito
1158 to 1165
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Ninmyo Masara
833 to 850
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Reizei Norihira
967 to 969
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Rokujo Yorihito
1165 to 1168
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Saga Kamino
809 to 823
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Sanjo Okisada Iyasada
1011 to 1016
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Seiwa Korehito
858 to 876
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Shirakawa Sadahito
1073 to 1086
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Sutoku Akihito
1123 to 1142
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Suzaku Yutaakira
930 to 946
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Takakura Norihito
1168 to 1180
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Toba Munehito
1107 to 1123
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Uda Sadami
887 to 897
Heian Period
   had the ruler   
Yozei Sadaakira
876 to 884
Heisei Period
   had the ruler   
Tenno Heika
1989 to present . (i.e. His Majesty the Emperor) in Japanese and as Emperor Akihito in English. After his death, he will presumably be renamed Emperor Heisei.
Jōmon Period
   had the ruler   
Annei Shikitsuhiko Tamademi
549 BC to 511 BC
Jōmon Period
   had the ruler   
Itoku Oho Yamatohiko Sukitomo
510 BC to 476 BC
Jōmon Period
   had the ruler   
Jimmu Kamuyamato Iwarebiko
660 BC to 585 BC - Jimmu is regarded as a direct descendent of the sun goddess, Amaterasu.
Jōmon Period
   had the ruler   
Suizei Kamu Nunagawamim
581 BC to 549 BC
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Chukyo Kanehira
1221
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Fushimi Hirohito
1287 to 1298
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Daigo Takaharu
1318 to 1339
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Fukakusa Hisahito
1246 to 1260
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Fushimi Tanehito
1298 to 1301
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Horikawa Yutahito
1221 to 1232
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Nijo Kuniharu
1301 to 1308
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Saga Kunihito
1242 to 1246
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Uda Yohito
1274 to 1287
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Hanazono Tomihito
1308 to 1318
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Juntoku Morihira
1210 to 1221
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Kameyama Tsunehito
1260 to 1274
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Shijo Mitsuhito
1232 to 1242
Kamakura Period
   had the ruler   
Tsuchimikado Tamehito
1198 to 1210
Kemmu Restoration
   had the ruler   
Kogon Kazuhito
1331 to 1333
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Ankan Hirokuni Oshitake Kanahi
531 to 535
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Anko Anaho
453 to 456
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Buretsu Wohatsuse Wakasazak
498 to 506
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Chuai Tarasi Nakatsuhiko
192 to 200
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Jingu Okinaga Tarashihime
201 to 269
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Hanzei Misu Wa Wake
406 to 410
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Ingyo Wo Asazuma Wakugo
411 to 453
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Kaika Waka Yamato Nekohiko Oho Bibino
157 BC to 98 BC
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Keiko Oho Tarasihiko Osirowake
71 to 130
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Keitai Oto/Hikofuto
507 to 531
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Kenzo Ohoke
485 to 487
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Kogen Oho Yamato Nekohiko Kuni Kuru
214 BC to 158 BC
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Ninken Ohosi (Ohosu)
488 to 498
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Nintoku Oho Sazaki
313 to 399
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Ojin Fondano Miko No Mikoto
270 to 310
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Richu Isaho Wake
400 to 405
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Seimu Waka Tarsihiko
131 to 191
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Seinei Siraga Takehiro Kuni Osi Wakai Yamato Neko
480 to 484
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Senka Takeo Hirokuni Oshitate
535 to 539
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Suinin Ikume Irihiko Isatsi
29 BC to 70
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Sujin Mimaki Irihiko Inie
97 BC to 30 BC
Kofun Period
   had the ruler   
Yuryaku Oho Hatsuneno
456 to 479
Meiji Period
   had the ruler   
Meiji Mutsuhito
1867 to 1912 - First Emperor in constitutional monarchy
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Chokei Yutanari
1368 to 1383
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-En'yu Ohito
1371 to 1382
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Hanazono Hikohito
1428 to 1464
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Kameyama Hironari
1383 to 1392
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Kashiwabara Katsuhito
1500 to 1526
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Kogon Iyahito
1352 to 1371
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Komatsu
1382 to 1392
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Komatsu Motohito
1392 to 1412
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Murakami Norinaga
1339 to 1368
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Nara Tomohito
1526 to 1557
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Tsuchimikado Fusahito
1464 to 1500
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Go-Yozei Kazuhito
1586 to 1611
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Komyo Yutahito
1336 to 1348
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Ogimachi Michihito
1557 to 1586
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Shoko Mihito
1412 to 1428
Muromachi Period
   had the ruler   
Suko Okihito
1348 to 1351
Nara Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Gensho Hidaka
715 to 724
Nara Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Koken Abe
749 to 758
Nara Period
   had the ruler   
Empress Shotoku
764 to 770
Nara Period
   had the ruler   
Junnin Oi
758 to 764
Nara Period
   had the ruler   
Konin Shirakabe
770 to 781
Nara Period
   had the ruler   
Shomu Obito
724 to 749
Shōwa Period
   had the ruler   
Showa Hirohito
1926 to 1989 - Last emperor to hold political power.
Taishō Period
   had the ruler   
Taisho Yoshihito
1912 to 1926
Yayoi Period
   had the ruler   
Koan Oho Yamato Tarasihiko Kuniosi Hito
392 BC to 291 BC
Yayoi Period
   had the ruler   
Korei Oho Yamato Nekohiko Futoni
290 BC to 215 BC
Yayoi Period
   had the ruler   
Kosho Mimatsuhiko Kaesine
475 BC to 393 BC


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