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Emperor Senka
28th Emperor of Japan
Reign legendary
Born legendary
Died legendary
Buried Musa no Tsukisaka no e no Misasagi (Nara)
Predecessor Emperor Ankan
Successor Emperor Kimmei

Emperor Senka (宣化天皇 Senka-tennō) was the 28th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.[1] No firm dates can be assigned to this emperor's life or reign. Keitai is considered to have ruled the country during the early-6th century, but there is a paucity of information about him. There is insufficient material available for further verification and study.

During this reign, Soga no Iname[2] is believed to have been the first verifiable "Great Minister" or Omi (also identified as Ō-omi).

When Emperor Ankan died, he had no offspring; and succession to the throne 践祚 (senso ?) was received by Ankan's youngest brother. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Senka is said to have acceded to the throne 即位 (sokui ?).[3]

Emperor Senka was quite elderly at the time of his enthronement (69 years old), and his reign only endured for three years.

See also


  1. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, pp. 33-34; Varley, Paul. (1980). Jinnō Shōtōki, p. 121.
  2. ^ Titsingh, p. 33.
  3. ^ Varley, p. 44; n.b., a distinct act of senso is unrecognized prior to Emperor Tenji; and the senso and sokui for all emperors/empresses prior to Emperor Go-Murakami other than Jitō, Yōzei, Go-Toba and Fushimi took place within the same year.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Emperor Ankan
Emperor of Japan:

(traditional dates)
Succeeded by
Emperor Kimmei


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