Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first “Shogun,” who in 1603 founded the dynasty and established military government (“bakufu”) that ruled Japan from “Edo” (today’s Tokyo) until 1863, was born in Okazaki Castle, near today’s Toyota City, in Aichi prefecture in 1543.
Akio Toyoda, current CEO of Toyota Motor Corporate (TMC) (ADR: NYSE:TM), great grandson of the of company’s founder, was born in 1956 in Nagoya, near Toyota City, the capital of Aichi prefecture.
The 260 year Tokugawa Period (in Japan called the “Edo Period”) was one of internal and external peace, social stability, and flourishing Japanese art and culture, agriculture, and industry–the defining era in the development of Japanese civilization. It was also a period during which the Tokugawas enforced a strict “isolation” policy, refusing all but severely limited contacts with foreign countries.
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