II Naosuke

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II Naosuke


Born Oct. 12, 1815, in the city of Hikone; died Mar. 3, 1860, in the city of Edo (present-day Tokyo). Japanese statesman.

Beginning in 1858, in his position as tairo (or first minister), Ii headed the bakufu (the military-feudal government of Japan under the shoguns). In 1858 he signed the unequal treaties, the so-called Ansei treaties, with the USA and European countries. Ii sought to strengthen the position of the bakufu amid a crisis of the feudal system and cruelly suppressed the antigovernment movement. He was murdered by samurai from the principality of Mito, who had been sent by his political opponents.


Toyama Shigeki. Meidzi isin (Krushenie feodalizma v laponii). Moscow, 1959.
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