Inoue Masashige

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Inoue Masashige (井上 政重, 1585 – 27 March 1661) was an important figure during the early Edo period in Japan. As Governor of Chikugo, he played a role in the persecution and eradication of early Christians in Japan. He was commissioner for the Dutch East India Company in Nagasaki.

He is thought to have risen to prominence. In his post of Inspector General (ōmetsuke, 大目付), Masashige had many encounters with the Dutch East India Company, who recorded much about him.

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