- Dates: c. 169-269
- Japanese: 神功皇后 (Jinguu kougou)
Empress Jingû was traditionally considered the 15th ruler of Japan. Today, she is officially designated a legendary figure, and removed from the list of historical emperors.
According to her legend, after the death of her husband, Emperor Chûai, Jingû took the throne for herself in 201, and embarked on a mission to attack the Korean kingdom of Silla. According to Japanese natonalistic mythology, Japan is supposed to have thereafter been ruler over the three Korean kingdoms of Paekche, Koguryo, and Silla.