Date of Birth: 1328
Reign: 1339 – 1368
Summary: Noriyoshi grew up in the middle of a civil war that divided Japan between north and south. Following the Kemmu Restoration completed by his father, Go-Daigo, Noriyoshi settled in Tagajo to establish authority over the eastern samurai who had sided with the Hojo branch of the Imperial Family during the war. In 1335, a rebellion broke out and the civil war resumed, forcing Go-Daigo and his family to return to the west of Japan. Takauji, the samurai rebel leader, defeated Go-Daigo in 1336 at Kyoto, forcing the entire family to flee east again. Takauji was finally defeated in 1337 and the imperial family returned again to Kyoto where they set up their capital. Noriyoshi became crown prince in 1339. In September of that year, Go-Daigo abdicated his throne in favor of his eleven year-old son, Noriyoshi.
Emperor Go-Murakami, as he was now called, ruled under a regency for ten years before claiming his authority. This regency was crippling for the Southern Empire. His capital was retaken in another rebellion in 1348 and recovered in 1352 after the Battle of Shichiko Omiya. During the battle, three emperors of Northern Japan were captured. The emperors were released when Kyoto was yet again captured the next month and the imperial family was forced to flee. Brief forays in 1361 briefly recovered the capital but it was lost again. In 1368, the emperor died and the Northern Empire moved the capital to the northern city of Sumiyoshi. The emperor was buried in Kawachinagano, Osaka.
Date of Death: 28 March 1368
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