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Yamada Kiyoyasu

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Yamada's gravestone at Fukushô-ji in Kagoshima
  • Born: 1794
  • Died: Ka'ei 2/12/3 (15 Jan 1850)
  • Japanese: 山田 清安 (Yamada Kiyoyasu)

Yamada Kiyoyasu was a kokugaku scholar from Satsuma han.

A retainer to the Shimazu clan, he studied poetry under Kagawa Kageki, and classical texts under Ban Nobutomo.

Amid factional disputes within the domain government in 1849, Yamada backed Shimazu Nariakira to succeed Shimazu Narioki as lord of Satsuma; after Nariakira's faction's efforts failed, Yamada was one of over forty people forced by Narioki to commit suicide. He did so on 12/3 that year (Jan 1850 on the Western calendar). He is buried just outside the Shimazu clan family cemetery at Fukushô-ji in Kagoshima.

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