Yoshihito, Emperor Taisho
Historical Figure
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: 1879
Date of Death: 1926
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Shinto
Occupation: Royalty, soldier, sailor
Parents: Emperor Meiji, Concubine Naruko Yanagihara, Empress Shōken (adoptive mother)
Spouse: Sadako Kujō (Empress Teimei)
Children: Hirohito, Emperor Showa, three other sons
House: Yamato
Political Office(s): Emperor of Japan
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): The Great War
Type of Appearance: Oblique contemporary references
Yoshihito, Emperor Taishō (大正天皇 Taishō-tennō, 31 August 1879 – 25 December 1926) was the 123rd Emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from 30 July 1912 until his death.

The Emperor’s personal name was Yoshihito (嘉仁?). According to Japanese custom, during the reign the emperor is called the (present) Emperor. After death he is known by a posthumous name that, according to a practice dating to 1912, is the name of the era coinciding with his reign. Having ruled during the Taishō period, he is posthumously known as "The Taishō Emperor" or simply "Emperor Taishō".

Taisho in Southern VictoryEdit

Yoshihito, the Taisho Emperor ruled Japan during the Great War, when the Empire made substantial territorial gains despite not being on the winning side. In the years after the war, Indochina and the East Indies were brought into the Empire.

Literary commentEdit

Yoshihito is not named in the series, but is simply referred to as "the Emperor". The fact that his son Hirohito is confirmed to be Emperor in The Center Cannot Hold suggests that Taisho's reign followed the same chronology as in OTL.

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mutsuhito, Emperor Meiji
Emperor of Japan
Succeeded by
Hirohito, Emperor Showa