- Reign: 400-406AD
- Period: Kofun Period
- Family: Emperor Hanzei (brother) Emperor Kenzo (grand-son) Emperor Ninken (grandson) Oshinumi (granddaughter)
- Burial Place: –
- Order of Succession: Predecessor Emperor Nintoku * Successor Emperor Hanzei
Emperor Richū (履中天皇) is the seventeenth Emperor of Japan, claiming the throne after a dispute with a rival candidate. After his death, his grandsons Emperor Kenzo and Emperor Ninken would become the twenty-third and fourth Emperors of Japan due to a lack of suitable succession candidates.1
It appears Chinese was become more widespread in Japan as in the 4th year of his reign it is noted that:
The Imperial Treasury was also formally established during his reign whose accountants had control of:
”gold and silver, jewels, precious utensils, brocade and satin, sarsnet, rugs and mattresses, and the rare objects sent as tribute by the various barbarians.”
1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.
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