By Etsuko Hae-Jin Kang

Through the premodern interval, Japan had major political, monetary and cultural kin with Korea. This publication purports that this era, from the 15th to the eighteenth century, used to be the formative degree of the East Asian international relations and beliefs which laid the rules for international kin among those international locations within the smooth interval. The ebook additionally investigates how Japan's and Korea's political and diplomatic ideologies emerged as a nascent kind of nationalism which students haven't formerly clarified.

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One was to control the power of the Kyushu daimyos and powerful families, since Ming China gave the right of trade exclusively to the kings who had tributary relations and did not allow any other private trade. Therefore, Yoshimitsu's monopoly of trade with the Ming made the Kyushu daimyos and others acknowledge Yoshimitsu's sovereignty. The other reason was that the trade with the Ming solved the problem of the shortage of currency. 87 The principles of Yoshimitsu's foreign policy were carried on by the Tokugawa shoguns and continued until the end of the Tokugawa period.

24 Their activities greatly enhanced the role of trade in Japanese-Korean relations. As wakb raiders increased their attacks and intensified their brutality during the mid-1370s and 1380s,25 Korea's frequent requests of suppression turned to the powerful western daimyos and merchants who had the ability to repress the wakb attacks and to repatriate the captives of the wakb. Among them Imagawa Ryoshun was a prominent figure in Korean intercourse. Imagawa in 1394 responded to envoys from Korea and returned 659 wakb captives, promising to suppress the piracy and in return requesting the Daizbkyb.

This chapter deals with the nature of diplomacy and ideology in the Muromachi period and it is therefore useful to begin with some background information. The establishment of the Ashikaga headquarters in Kyoto in 1378 by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and the unification of the Northern and Southern Courts in 1392 witnessed the efflorescence of Japan's premodern Muromachi period. The Muromachi period is generally considered as beginning with the foundation of the bakufu and the promulgation of its legal decree Kemmu shikimoku in 1336 by Ashikaga Takauji and ending when the last shogun Ashikaga Yoshiaki was ousted by a prevailing warlord Oda Nobunaga in 1573.

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