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local lords ruled the land but were bound to higher lords and the emperor by ties of loyalty.
gained power in japan in the 800's, the emperor became a figure head with religious duties but no real power.
structure of feudal japan
emperor -( no power) , shogun -samuri- peasant- artisans- craftsman- merchants
Shoguns hostility to the Catholic missionaries
did not want Japanese christians to show loyalty to a foreign ruler- the pope
missionaries and christians in the 1600's
the government began persecuting foreign missionaries and Japanese christians
Shoguns in 1639
1. closed Japan to the world,
2.- foreigners could not enter
3. Japanese who left could not return,
4.outlawed the building of ocean going vessels.
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