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He was a son of the eighth Shogun Prince Hisaaki and was a grandson of the Emperor Go-Fukakusa. He was also a puppet ruler controlled by Hōjō Takatoki, who was the shogunate's shikken or chief minister.
The Kamakura shogunate was succeeded by the Kemmu Restoration.
Eras of Morikuni's bakufu
- Pre-Nanboku-chō court
- The disruption which was to come was an unimagined future.
- Nanboku-chō southern court
- Eras as reckoned by legitimate Court (as determined by Meiji rescript)
- Nanboku-chō northern Court
- Eras as reckoned by pretender Court (as determined by Meiji rescript)
- Shōkei (1332–1338)
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