Emperor Sushun

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Emperor Sushun (崇峻天皇 Sushun-tennō?, died 592) was the 32nd emperor of Japan,[1] according to the traditional order of succession.[2]

Sushun's reign spanned the years from 587 through 592.[3]


Traditional narrative

Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (his imina)[4] was Hatsusebe-shinnō, also known as Hatsusebe no Waka-sazaki.[5]

His name at birth was Hatsusebe no Miko (長谷部皇子?). He was the twelfth son of Emperor Kimmei. His mother was Oane-no-kimi (小姉君?), a daughter of Soga no Iname,[6] who was the chief, or Ō-omi, of the Soga clan.

He succeeded his half brother, Emperor Yōmei in 587, and lived in the Kurahashi Palace (Kurahashi no Miya) in Yamato.[7]

  • 587: In the 2nd year of Yōmei-tennō 's reign (用明天皇2年), the emperor died, and despite a dispute over who should follow him as sovereign, the succession (‘‘senso’’) was received by another son of Emperor Kimmei, one of Yōmei's younger brothers. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Sushun is said to have acceded to the throne (‘‘sokui’’).[8]

Sushun's contemporary title would not have been Tennō, as most historians believe this title was not introduced until the reigns of Emperor Tenmu and Empress Jitō[citation needed]. Rather, it was presumably Sumeramikoto (皇尊?) or Amenoshita Shiroshimesu Ōkimi (治天下大王?), meaning "the great king who rules all under heaven." Alternatively, Sushun might have been referred to as (ヤマト大王/大君) or the "Great King of Yamato."

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