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Seimu
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Emperor of Japan
Reign 131–191 (traditional)
Predecessor Keikō
Successor Chūai
Born 84
Died 191 (aged 106–107)
Burial Saki no Tatanami no misasagi (Nara)
Father Emperor Keikō
Mother Yasakairihime

Emperor Seimu (成務天皇 Seimu-tennō) was the 13th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Historians consider Emperor Seimu to be a legendary person, and the name Seimu-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

Seimu is almost certainly a legend; but the Kojiki and Nihonshoki record his name.

Events of Seimu's life

The limited information about Seimu does not imply that no such person ever existed. Very little 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 Seimu.

The actual site of his grave is not known. According to the Imperial Household Agency, this emperor is venerated at a memorial Shinto shrine (misasagi) at Nara.

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The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
Preceded by
Emperor Keikō
Legendary Emperor of Japan:
Seimu

131-191
(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Chūai

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