Emperor Yōmei

Emperor Yōmei
Painting of Emperor Yōmei.

Emperor Yōmei

Emperor Yōmei (用明天皇) was the thirty-first Emperor of Japan. He is known to have been the son of Emperor Kinmei and father to Shōtoku Taisha1, with his sister being the later first Empress of Japan Empress Suiko.2


During his reign, Buddhism is finally adopted in the country1, and his sister Suiko is said to have played a major role in state affairs during his reign.2


1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.
2. Tsurumi, P. (1981) “Early Female Emperors” Historical Reflections Vol.8 No.1 pp.41-49.

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Emperor Yōmei