Emperor Keitai

Emperor Keitai
Symbol of the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Emperor Keitai

Emperor Keitai (継体天皇) was the twenty-sixth Emperor of Japan. If the records are true he had his son Ankan when he was only 13 years old.

Reluctantly he accepted the throne as a middle-aged man, however, it is said:

he loved the people and was courteous to men of worth. He was of a generous disposition.

He married a daughter of Emperor Ninken and took eight concubines. He is also the first Emperor to abdicate, though he was 82 and on his deathbed at the time.1


1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.

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