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Akashi Teruzumi

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  • Title: Kamon no Suke
  • Other names: Jovanni Justo
  • Japanese: 明石 全登 (Akashi Teruzumi)


Morishige was a son of Akashi Kagechika and at first a retainer of the Ukita. He commanded Ukita Hideie's vanguard at the Battle of Sekigahara (1600) and clashed with troops under Fukushima Masanori and others. Following the defeat at Sekigahara and the subsequent exile of Hideie, Morishige became a ronin and dropped out of sight. In 1614 he reappeared, joining the defenders of Toyotomi Hideyori's Osaka castle. It is not known if he survived the siege or if he committed suicide at the fall of Osaka castle. He was a Christian and in this capacity was known as 'Jovanni Justo' - for this he figured largely in contemporary European descriptions of the Osaka sieges.

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