Historical Who is Who
1583 - 1657
Scholarly adviser to Japanese political leadership over half a century and establishing the main ethos of the Shogunate tradition which would last for 300 years. Though critical of Buddhist, Christian and some Confucian teachings, he expounded a secular and rationalised version of Confucian categories, whilst linking more directly with Shinto beliefs and invoking the Confucian power of heaven in determining the natural order of life. Every person has an inborn moral character with key virtues and relational obligations.