Japanese regent and politician who served Empress Suiko during the Asuka period. The Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan) was the primary source of information on him.
He was appointed regent by the Empress in 593 at the age of twenty-one.
There were a number of institutions in Japan named after him, including Shotoku Gakuen University and Seitoku University.
His parents were Emperor Yomei and Princess Anahobe no Hashihito of the Soga clan.
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