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Emperor of Japan
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Reign legendary
Predecessor Ōjin
Successor Richū
Born legendary
Died legendary
Burial Mozu no Mimihara no naka no misasagi (Osaka)

Emperor Nintoku (仁徳天皇 , Nintoku-tennō) was the 16th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Historians consider details about the life of Emperor Nintoku to be possibly legendary, but probable. The name Nintoku-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

According to Nihon Shoki, Nintoku was the fourth son of Emperor Ōjin and the father of three emperors — Richū, Hanzei, and Ingyō .

Events of Nintoku's life

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

Daisen-Kofun is the burial mound of Emperor Nintoku in Osaka Prefecture.

Nintoku's reign is marked by Japan's first large-scale engineering projects.

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 Nintoku.

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

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Preceded by
Emperor Ōjin
Legendary Emperor of Japan

(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Richū

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