Rikiishi Katsunosuke

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  • Japanese: 力石勝之助 (Rikiishi Katsunosuke)

Rikiishi Katsunosuke was a Tokugawa shogunate official who played a role in port affairs in Hakodate in the 1850s-1860s.

As a shirabeyaku under the Hakodate bugyô in 1855, Katsunosuke met with US Navy commodore John Rodgers on several occasions, representing the bugyô in refusing the Americans permission to come ashore or to take up lodgings in Hakodate.

By 1860, Katsunosuke had become a shihai kumigashira under the same bugyôsho, and played a role in effecting the construction of a ship called the Kikkô-maru.


  • Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 2 (1937), 60, 63.
  • Ishin Shiryô Kôyô 維新史料綱要, vol 3 (1941), 373.
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