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Ninken
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Reign 488–498 (traditional)
Born 449
Died 498 (aged 48–49)
Buried Hanyū no Sakamoto no misasagi (Osaka)
Predecessor Kenzō
Successor Buretsu
Consort to Kasuga no Ōiratsume
Children Emperor Buretsu
Princess Kasuga no Yamada no Himemiko
Princess Tashiraka no Himemiko
Royal House Yamato
Father Ichinobe-no Oshiwa

Emperor Ninken (仁賢天皇 Ninken-tennō) was the 24th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Ninken to be possibly legendary, but probable. The name Ninken-tennō was created for him posthumously by later generations.

No certain dates can be assigned to this emperor's life or reign. The conventionally accepted names and sequence of the early emperors were not to be confirmed as "traditional" until the reign of Emperor Kammu, who was the 50th monarch of the Yamato dynasty.

Traditional history

Ninken was a grandson of Emperor Richū; and he was adopted by the childless Emperor Seinei.

Events of Ninken's life

Very little is known about the events of Ninken's life and reign. Only limited information is available for study prior to the reign of the 29th monarch, Emperor Kimmei.

After his death

This emperor's official name after his death (his posthumous name) was regularized many centuries after the lifetime which was ascribed to Ninken.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the emperor's final resting place is in an earthen tumulus (kofun). Ninken is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) which is associated with the burial mound.

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Mon-Imperial
The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
Preceded by
Emperor Kenzō
Legendary Emperor of Japan
Ninken

488-498
(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Buretsu
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