Japanese Laws Governing Military Households


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The Laws Governing Military Households was promulgated by being formally read to a gathering of Japan's daimyo at Fushimi Castle, outside Kyoto, on July 7, 1615. The document consists of thirteen articles. Each begins with a statement of exhortation or prohibition. There then follows a brief explanatory section, often drawing upon classical sources (both Chinese and Japanese) or traditional principles to support the argument. This was to be expected. In...