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85年、ロータリー交換留学生として初来日。1年間、札幌で過ごす。86年帰国。弱冠18歳にしてオーストラリアのラジオ局で、プロラジオDJデビューを果たし、活躍するものの、日本での生活が忘れられず、92年に再来日。93年からは、FMラジオ局のラジオDJとして、名古屋を中心に活躍中。テレビタレント、ナレーター、コラムニストとしての活動は多岐に渡る。近年は「外国人から見た日本」をテーマに講演活動を行い、好評を博している。

A long time Japanophile, Chris Glenn first came to Japan in 1985 as a Rotary Exchange Student. On his return to Australia in 1986, he commenced working as a radio DJ. In 1992 he returned to Japan, where he remained working in radio, TV and as a newspaper columnist and writer.

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Shogun, Tokugawa Ienobu

2015.06.11 | カテゴリー : Samurai | 投稿者名 :

The 6th Tokugawa Shogun, Ienobu Was Born On This Day, June 11, 1662.


In 1709 Tokugawa Tsunayoshi died heirless. This left the only direct lineal descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu
being his great-great -grandson, the Daimyo of Kofu, Tokugawa Ienobu.





Ienobu’s uncle, the shogun Ietsuna had died in 1680, making his other uncle, Tsunayoshi Shogun.
Had Ienobu’s father, Tsunashige, brother of the two shoguns, not died in 1678, he would have claimed
the position. Until now, Ienobu had been groomed not as a future shogun, but simply as the successor
to Kofu (Yamanashi Pref.)


In 1693 Arai Hakuseki, an academic, genius bureaucrat and ronin was summoned to act as a think
tank for the shogunate, and personal advisor to Tokugawa Ienobu. Arai is said to have given over
2,000 lectures on Confucianism, politics, finance, history and culture to the future shogun, greatly
influencing the mans’ thinking.


Ienobu was invested as shogun following the death of his uncle, Tsunayoshi in 1709, and as shogun,
he began a campaign of reform. Ienobu abolished many of the controversial and unpopular laws
created by Tsunayoshi, the judicial system was greatly reformed, certain punishments and censorship
abolished, and free thought promoted. Economic reforms were carried out and importantly, strained
relations with the Imperial throne in Kyoto were vastly improved. The institution of the bakufu was also
amended, with the removal of certain powers from the upper ranked echelons of the shogunate,
making it less military, more civilian in its operations. Much of this reform has been attributed to the
ronin, Arai Hakuseki’s influence.


Despite holding office for just 3 years, Shogun Ienobu’s rule is seen as a most successful administration.
His legacy was continued by his son, Ietsugu. Ienobu died November 12, 1712, aged 50.


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