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Recent Rulers of Japan

Name Date rule began Date rule ended Born Died
Yamato dynasty
Mutsuhito (Meiji-tenno) Jan. 9, 1867 July 30, 1912 1852 1912
Yoshihito (Taisho-tenno) July 30, 1912 Nov. 25, 1921 1879 1926
Prince Hirohito (regent) Nov. 25, 1921 Dec. 25, 1926 1901 1989
Hirohito (Showa-tenno) Dec. 25, 1926 Jan. 7, 1989 1901 1989
Akihito Jan. 7, 1989 1933
Prime minister
Duke Aritomo Yamagata Nov. 8, 1898 Oct. 10, 1900 1838 1922
Duke Hirobumi Ito Oct. 10, 1900 June 2, 1901 1841 1909
Duke Taro Katsura June 2, 1901 Jan. 7, 1906 1847 1913
Duke Kimmochi Saionji Jan. 7, 1906 July 14, 1908 1850 1940
Duke Taro Katsura July 14, 1908 Aug. 30. 1911
Duke Kimmochi Saionji Aug. 30, 1911 Dec. 19, 1912
Duke Taro Katsura Dec. 19, 1912 Feb. 12, 1913
Count Gombei Yamamoto Feb. 12, 1913 Apr. 15, 1914 1852 1933
Duke Shigenobu Okuma Apr. 15, 1914 Oct. 9, 1916 1838 1922
Count Masatake Terauchi Oct. 9, 1916 Sept. 29, 1918 1849 1919
Takashi Hara Sept. 29, 1918 Nov. 4, 1921 1856 1921
Korekiyo Takahashi Nov. 13, 1921 June 12, 1922 1854 1936
Tomosaburo Kato June 12, 1922 Aug. 24, 1923 1859 1923
Yasuya Uchida (acting) Aug. 26, 1923 Sept. 12, 1923 1865 1936
Count Gombei Yamamoto Sept. 12, 1923 Jan. 5, 1924
Viscount Keigo Kiyoura Jan. 5, 1924 June 11, 1924 1850 1942
Baron Takaaki Kato (from 1925, Count Takaaki Kato) June 11, 1924 Jan. 27, 1926 1860 1926
Reijiro Wakatsuki Jan. 30, 1926 Apr. 19, 1927 1866 1949
Baron Giichi Tanaka Apr. 19, 1927 July 2, 1929 1863 1929
Osachi Hamaguchi July 2, 1929 Apr. 14, 1931 1870 1931
Reijiro Wakatsuki Apr. 14, 1931 Dec. 13, 1931
Tsuyoshi Inukai Dec. 13, 1931 May 16, 1932 1855 1932
Korekiyo Takahashi (acting) May 16, 1932 May 26, 1932
Viscount Makoto Saito May 26, 1932 July 8, 1934 1858 1936
Keisuke Okada July 8, 1934 March 9, 1936 1862 1952
Koki Hirota March 9, 1936 Feb. 2, 1937 1878 1948
Senjuro Hayashi Feb. 2, 1937 June 2, 1937 1876 1943
Prince Fumimaro Konoye June 2, 1937 Jan. 4, 1939 1891 1945
Baron Kiichiro Hiranuma Jan. 4, 1939 Aug. 29, 1939 1865 1952
Nobuyuki Abe Aug. 29, 1939 Jan. 15, 1940 1875 1953
Mitsumasa Yonai Jan. 15, 1940 July 21, 1940 1880 1948
Prince Fumimaro Konoe July 21, 1940 Oct. 18, 1941
Hideki Tojo Oct. 18, 1941 July 22, 1944 1884 1948
Kuniaki Koiso July 22, 1944 Apr. 7, 1945 1880 1950
Baron Kantaro Suzuki Apr. 7, 1945 Aug. 16, 1945 1867 1948
Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni Aug. 16, 1945 Oct. 8, 1945 1887 1990
Baron Kijuro Shidehara Oct. 8, 1945 May 20, 1946 1872 1951
Shigeru Yoshida May 20, 1946 May 21, 1947 1878 1967
Tetsu Katayama May 21, 1947 Feb. 23, 1948 1887 1978
Hitoshi Ashida Feb. 23, 1948 Oct. 15, 1948 1887 1959
Shigeru Yoshida Oct. 15, 1948 Dec. 10, 1954
Ichiro Hatoyama Dec. 10, 1954 Dec. 23, 1956 1883 1959
Tanzan Ishibashi Dec. 23, 1956 Feb. 24, 1957 1885 1973
Nobusuke Kishi Feb. 24, 1957 July 18, 1960 1896 1987
Hayato Ikeda July 18, 1960 Nov. 9, 1964 1899 1965
Eisaku Sato Nov. 9, 1964 July 6, 1972 1901 1975
Kakuei Tanaka July 6, 1972 Dec. 9, 1974 1918 1993
Takeo Miki Dec. 9, 1974 Dec. 24, 1976 1907 1988
Takeo Fukuda Dec. 24, 1976 Dec. 7, 1978 1905 1995
Masayoshi Ohira Dec. 7, 1978 June 12, 1980 1910 1980
Masayoshi Ito (acting) June 12, 1980 July 17, 1980 1913 1994
Zenko Suzuki July 17, 1980 Nov. 26, 1982 1911
Yasuhiro Nakasone Nov. 26, 1982 Nov. 6, 1987 1918
Noboru Takeshita Nov. 6, 1987 June 2, 1989 1924
Sosuke Uno June 2, 1989 Aug. 9, 1989 1922 1998
Toshiki Kaifu Aug. 2, 1989 Nov. 6, 1991 1931
Kiichi Miyazawa Nov. 6, 1991 Aug. 9, 1993 1919
Morihiro Hosokawa Aug. 9. 1993 Apr. 25, 1994 1938
Tsutomu Hata Apr. 25, 1994 June 29, 1994 1935
Tomiichi Murayama June 29, 1994 Jan. 11, 1996 1924
Ryutaro Hashimoto Jan. 11, 1996 July 30, 1998 1937
Keizo Obuchi July 30, 1998 April 5, 2000 1937 2000
Yoshiro Mori April 5, 2000 April 26, 2001 1937
Junichiro Koizumi April 5, 2001 Sept. 26, 2006 1942
Shinzo Abe Sept. 26, 2006 Sept. 26, 2007 1954
Yasuo Fukuda Sept. 26, 2007 Sept. 24, 2008 1936
Taro Aso Sept. 24, 2008 Sept. 16, 2009 1940
Yukio Hatoyama Sept. 16, 2009 June 8, 2010 1947
Naoto Kan June 8, 2010 Sept. 2, 2011 1946
Yoshihiko Noda Sept. 2, 2011 Dec. 26, 2012 1957
Shinzo Abe Dec. 26, 2012 1954