• Born year: 0718
  • Born in: n.a.
  • Death year: 0770
Empress Kōken

Empress Kōken (孝謙天皇, Kōken-tennō, 718 – August 28, 770), also known as Empress Shōtoku (称徳天皇, Shōtoku-tennō), was the 46th and the 48th monarch of Japan respectively, according to the traditional order of succession. Empress Kōken first reigned from 749 to 758, then she reascended the throne as Empress Shōtoku from 765 until her death in 770.In the history of Japan, Kōken/Shōtoku was the sixth of eight women to take on the role of empress regnant.