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Sadako is a Japanese name, used for females. The same name can be written with a variety of kanji, and the meanings of the name differ accordingly:[1]

  • , "chaste child"; the same characters can also be read as a Korean female given name, Jeong-ja
  • , "child of integrity"


  • Princess Sadako Kujō (九条節子?), later Empress Teimei (貞明皇后) of Japan, wife of Emperor Taishō
  • Sadako Sasaki (佐々木 禎子), a childhood Hiroshima atomic bomb victim, who is world-famous for making many origami cranes based on a legend about their healing properties, making paper cranes an international symbol for peace.
  • Sadako Ogata (緒方 貞子), Japanese scholar and United Nations administrator

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Sadako Yamamura (山村貞子), fictional character in the Japanese novel, manga and film Ring


  1. ^ Breen, Jim (2011). Japanese Names Dictionary. Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group. Retrieved 2012-12-02.