Emperor Go-Meidji

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Emperor Go-Meidji
Relation to present Emperor: Great great great uncle
Relation to predecessor: Son
Relation to successor: Younger brother
Original Name 淳宮雍仁親王
Yasuhito, Prince Açu
Personal Name: 秩父宮雍仁親王
Yasuhito, Prince Txitxibu
Emperor of Japan: 124th
Txitxibu-no-miya: 1st
Date of birth: Meidji 35, Gogaçu 20
June 25, 1902
Date of death: Saisei Gannen, Djùnigaçu 20
January 24, 1953

Emperor Go-Meidji of Japan was the 124th Emperor, reigning from Go-Meidji Gannen, Djùgaçu 19 to Go-Meidji 12, Nigaçu 2 (November 23, 1922 - March 7, 1933). He was placed on the throne by radical anti-Chinese factions at Court, but later forced to abdicate in favor of his elder brother by Chinese forces.

His original title was Açu-no-miya. He was educated at the Gacúin (Peers' School) along with his elder brother, the future Emperor Xòwa. At the age of four, he became 2nd in line when his grandfather, Emperor Meidji passed away, beginning the Taixò Era.

In Taixò 15 (1920), while he was attending the military academy, China invaded Corea and Taiwan. In the anti-Chinese environment that followed, the then-Prince Açu was removed from this military academy to take over as Prince Regent for his elder brother. Two years later, his father died (poisoned), and he took the throne, commencing the Go-Meidji Era.

His reign did not last long. The new Emperor began to ready Japan to confront China in a would-be Second Sino-Japanese War to regain lost territories. However, before Japan could gather her strength, China intervened, invading and deposing the Emperor. Instead, his elder brother, Prince Mitxi, was placed on the throne, becoming Emperor Xòwa. On Go-Meidji 7, Hatxigaçu 25 (September 29, 1928), he married Princess Nagaco, daughter of Cuniyoxi, Prince Cuni, who became Empress Cojun. They had one son, Xigehito.

After his deposing, the Emperor granted him the title Txitxibu-no-miya and authorization to start a new branch of the Imperial Family. He completed his military training, and entered the Army. Prince Txitxibu was honorary president of the British-Japan Association and the Scandinavian Society of Japan. Both he and his wife were fluent in English. He retired from active duty due to ill health in Xòwa 8 (1940) at the rank of major.

He died on Saisei Gannen, Djùnigaçu 20 (January 24, 1953).

Preceded by:
Hirohito, Prince Mitxi
Imperial Regent
Succeeded by:
Maco, Princess Masaxi

Preceded by:
President of East Asian Federation
1922 – 1933
Succeeded by:
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Emperor of Japan
1922 – 1933

Preceded by:
New title
1933 – 1953
Succeeded by: