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Encyclopedia > Jinshin War

The Jinshin War (壬申の乱, Jinshin no Ran) was a succession dispute in Japan which broke out in 672 following the death of Emperor Tenji. Tenji had originally designated his brother, Prince Ō-ama as his successor, but later changed his mind in favor of his son Prince Ōtomo. Events April 11 - Adeodatus succeeds Vitalian as Pope. ... ... Emperor Temmu (天武天皇 Temmu Tennō) (c. ... Emperor Kōbun (弘文天皇) (648 - 672) was the 39th imperial ruler of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. ...

In the course of the violence that erupted as a result, Ōtomo, having taken the throne as Emperor Kōbun, took his own life after reigning for less than a year. His uncle Ō-ama then succeeded to the throne as the Emperor Temmu.


  • "Jinshin no Ran." (1985). Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.



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