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Tokugawa Mitsukuni

(1628-1700). Popularly known as Mito Kōmon. The second daimyō of the Mito domain (now part of Ibaraki Prefecture); a grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Mitsukuni was the driving force behind the compilation of the Dai nihon shi (History of Great Japan), a comprehensive account of Japanese history from the country's origins to the 14th century, begun in 1657 and completed in 1906. Mitsukuni was known as an effective and benevolent ruler who actively promoted business and trade. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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