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Emperor Richū
17th Emperor of Japan
Reign legendary
Born legendary
Died legendary
Buried Mozu no Mimihara no naka no Misasagi (Osaka)
Predecessor Emperor Nintoku
Successor Emperor Hanzei

Emperor Richū (履中天皇, Richū-tennō ?) was the 17th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.[1] No firm dates can be assigned to this emperor's life or reign. Richū is considered to have ruled the country during the early-5th century, but there is a paucity of information about him. There is insufficient material available for further verification and study.

According to Nihonshoki and Kojiki, he was the first son of Emperor Nintoku. He succumbed to disease in his sixth year of reign. His tomb is in Kawachi province, in the middle of present-day Osaka prefecture. He was succeeded by his younger brother Emperor Hanzei; none of his sons succeeded to the throne, although two grandsons would eventually ascend as Emperor Kenzō and as Emperor Ninken.

Some scholars identify him with King San in the Book of Song. King San sent messengers to the Song Dynasty at least twice in 421 and 425, died before 438 and was succeeded by his younger brother.[2]

The Imperial Household Agency designates Emperor Richū's mausoleum, called Mozu no mimihara no minami no misasagi as the Kami Ishizu Misanzai kofun (上石津ミサンザイ古墳) in Sakai, Osaka.[3]


See also


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 24-25; Varley, Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 111.
  2. ^ Aston, William. (1998). Nihongi, Vol. 1, pp. 301-311.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, Richard. (1959). The Imperial House of Japan, p. 419.


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Preceded by
Emperor Nintoku
Emperor of Japan:

(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Hanzei

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