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FUJIWARA NO FUHITO (藤原 不比等: 659 – September 13, 720) was a powerful member of the imperial court of Japan
Japan
during the Asuka and Nara periods . Second son of Fujiwara no Kamatari
Fujiwara no Kamatari
(or, according to one theory, of Emperor Tenji ), he had sons by two women, and those sons were the founders of the four principal lineages of the Fujiwara clan : the South, North, Ceremonial, and Capital lineages. Also, he had four daughters by two other women. three by Kamohime, one by Tachibana no Michiyo. One daughter by Kamohime became Emperor Monmu\'s wife Miyako, who in turn gave birth to Emperor Shōmu
Emperor Shōmu
. The daughter by Michiyo became the empress of his grandson Shōmu, Empress Kōmyō .

During the reign of Emperor Monmu
Emperor Monmu
, the government ordered that only the descendants of Fuhito could bear the Fujiwara surname and could be appointed in the Office of Dajokan, the center of administratives.

BIOGRAPHY

Fuhito was 13 years old when the Jinshin incident occurred. His father Kamatari had been a strong supporter of Emperor Tenji, but Kamatari had already died and Fuhito was too young to be appointed a governmental officer, so he was not involved in this political conflict. In 688 he appeared first as a courtier.

In 697 Prince Karu, the son of Prince Kusakabe and therefore grandson of Emperor Tenmu and Empress Jitō
Empress Jitō
, was appointed crown prince. Fuhito supported this appointment strongly and gained the favor of Empress Jitō. After that, his position in the court rose steadily. In 701 Prince Obito, later the emperor Shōmu was born by Miyako. Fuhito succeeded in persuading the court to appoint Obito the crown prince, and made his other daughter a wife of Obito. Until then only a royal lady could be promoted to the empress, but he succeeded in gaining his daughter the position of empress of Obito by the emperor Shōmu. It was the first empress who did not derive from the imperial household.

He moved Yamashina-dera, the Buddhist temple which was the main temple his clan supported, to Nara and renamed it Kōfuku-ji
Kōfuku-ji
. After his death, Kasuga shrine , the main Shinto
Shinto
shrine of the Fujiwara clan, was settled near Kofuku-ji in 768.

He played a role in the establishment of the state law, ritsuryō , in Japan. He participated in the edition called Taihō Ritsuryō
Ritsuryō
. He also joined in making its revision, the Yōrō ritsuryō . Before its completion, he died in the summer of 720. When he died, he was appointed Udaijin
Udaijin
, one of the ministers.

After his death the court honored him with two titles Bunchu Kō (文忠公) and Tankai Kō (淡海公) and with the office of Daijō-daijin, the highest office of the court.

He had four sons: Fujiwara no Muchimaro
Fujiwara no Muchimaro
, Fujiwara no Fusasaki (681–737), Fujiwara no Umakai and Fujiwara no Maro . His son Fusasaki would become the ancestor of the regent line of the Fujiwara clan.

WIVES AND CHILDREN

* Soga no Shōshi (Masako), daughter of Soga no Murajiko

* Muchimaro (680–737) * Fusasaki (681–737) * Umakai (694–737)

* Kamo no Hime, daughter of Kamo no Emishi

* Miyako (d. 754), married to Emperor Monmu
Emperor Monmu
* Nagako, married to Prince Nagaya

* Ioe no Iratsume, half-sister of Fuhito (dowager of Emperor Tenmu )

* Maro (695–737)

* Agatainukai-no-Tachimana no Michiyo (d. 733)

* Asukabe-hime ( Empress Kōmyō
Empress Kōmyō
) (701–760), Empress of Emperor Shōmu * Tabino (Tahino), married to Tachibana no Moroe

HONOURS

* Senior First Rank (November 27, 720; posthumous)

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Fujiwara family tree

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Kamatari

Fuhito

NANKE branch

HOKKE branch

SHIKIKE branch

KYŌKE branch

Muchimaro

Fusasaki

Umakai

Maro

Toyonari

Nakamaro

Nagate

Kiyokawa

Matate

Uona

Kaedemaro

Hirotsugu

Kiyonari

Yoshitsugu

Momokawa

Kurajimaro

Hamanari

Tsuginawa

Asakari

Uchimaro

Fujinari

Sonondo

Tanetsugu

Otsugu

Fuyutsugu

Toyozawa

Nakanari

Nagara

Yoshifusa

Yoshisuke

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