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He was a son of the eighth shōgun Prince Hisaaki and was a grandson of the Emperor Go-Fukakusa. He was also a puppet ruler controlled by Hōjō Takatoki, who was the Kamakura shogunate's shikken or chief minister. His mother was daughter of Prince Koreyasu who died in 1306.
The Kamakura shogunate was succeeded by the Kenmu Restoration.
Eras of Morikuni's bakufu
- Pre-Nanboku-chō court
- Enkyō (1308–1311)
- Ōchō (1311–1312)
- Shōwa (1312–1317)
- Bunpō (1317–1319)
- Gen'ō (1319–1321)
- Genkō (1321–1324)
- Shōchū (1324–1326)
- Karyaku (1326–1329)
- Gentoku (1329–1331)
- Genkō (1331–1334)
- 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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