Konoe (1139-1155) was briefly Emperor of Japan during the late Heian Era. The son of Emperor Toba and Toba's ambitious consort Bifukumon'in, Konoe was named crown prince shortly after his birth at Bifukumon'in's urging, and ascended to the throne at the age of three when Bifukumon'in secured the abdication of his half-brother, Emperor Sutoku. Konoe was a ruler in name only; under the insei system of clostered rule by retired emperors, Konoe's father Toba and his consorts and advisors held true power over the court. Konoe was a sickly child, and died of illness in 1155, setting off a succession dispute that would degenerate into the Hogen Incident.
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