Maeda Gen'i

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Maeda.

Maeda Gen'i (前田 玄以?, 1539 – July 9, 1602) was a Buddhist priest from Mt. Hiei, and later one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Go-Bugyō (Five Elders). He entered the service of Oda Nobunaga sometime before 1570.

Gen'i was appointed to be a deputy over Kyoto in 1582. After the death of Oda Nobunaga that same year, Gen'i went on to serve under Toyotomi Hideyoshi. At Takamai Domain in Tamba Province, Gen'i received a 50,000-koku fief. Ten years later, he was to lay the ground work for the Fushimi Castle. In 1595, Gen'i was named among the "Five Magistrates" by Hideyoshi. As a member of this council, Gen'i was "concerned with national affairs and subordinate only to Hideyoshi".[1] In addition to managing a great deal of other affairs, Maeda also oversaw the reception of the likes of the Emperor and representatives of the Jesuits to Hideyoshi's Jurakudai palace.


  1. ^ Berry, Mary Elizabeth. Hideyoshi. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982, p. 139
  • Sansom, George (1961). "A History of Japan: 1334-1615." Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

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