- Reign: 645-654AD
- Period: Asuka Period
- Family: Emperor Kogyoku (sister) Prince Naka (nephew)
- Burial Place: –
- Order of Succession: Predecessor Empress Kogyoku * Successor Empress Saimei
During his reign, he made Naka the Crown Prince and instigated two new governmental departments. These were the Jingikan (Office of Shinto Worship) and the onmyōdō (Office of Ying and Yang Divination). The Taika Reforms were created during his rule and he died at the age of 59.2
However, a different publication by Peter Martin states that Crown Prince Naka did not ascend after Kōtoku seeing the role of Emperor as more restrictive and so reinstalled his mother as Empress Saimei.2
1. Tsurumi, P. (1981) “Early Female Emperors” Historical Reflections Vol.8 No.1 pp.41-49.
2. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
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