Tokugawa Tsunenari

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Tokugawa".
Tokugawa Tsunenari
徳川恆孝
Prince Tokugawa
Reign 18 February 1963 – present
Issue Tokugawa Iehiro 徳川家広
Born (1940-02-26) 26 February 1940 (age 74)

Tokugawa Tsunenari (徳川 恆孝?) (also 徳川 恒孝; born 26 February 1940) is the present (18th generation) head of the main Tokugawa house. Members of his Tokugawa clan ruled Japan as Shoguns from 1603 to 1867. His great-grandfather by his birth family was the famed Matsudaira Katamori of Aizu. Tsunenari was active for many years in the shipping company Nippon Yūsen, and at present is the head of the nonprofit Tokugawa Foundation.

His son, Iehiro Tokugawa, is a University of Michigan-educated translator.

In 2007, Tsunenari published a book entitled Edo no idenshi (江戸の遺伝子), released in English in 2009 as The Edo Inheritance, which seeks to counter the common belief among Japanese that the Edo period (throughout which members of his Tokugawa clan ruled Japan as Shoguns) was like a dark age, when Japan, cut off from the world, fell behind. On the contrary, he argues, the roughly 250 years of peace and relative prosperity saw great economic reforms, the growth of a sophisticated urban culture, and the development of the most urbanized society on the planet.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Edo Inheritance by Tokugawa Tsunenari." International House of Japan. Retrieved 25 May 2009.

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Preceded by
Tokugawa Iemasa
Tokugawa family head
1963–present
Incumbent