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In this Japanese name, the family name is Tanuma.
Tanuma Okitsugu

Tanuma Okitsugu (田沼意次?) (September 11, 1719, Edo, Japan – August 25, 1788, Edo) was a senior counselor (rōjū) of the Tokugawa shogunate. He is known for the introduction of monetary reform.


Tanuma was also a daimyo of the Sagara han. He used the title Tonomo-no-kami.[1]

Shogunate leader

The administration of Tanuma was marked by corruption and by inflation of currency.

In 1784 (Tenmei 4), Okitsugu's son was assassinated in front of his father inside Edo Castle. The involvement of senior figures in the bakufu was suspected, but only the assassin was punished. The result was that liberal reforms and the relaxation of the national isolation policy sakoku were stopped.[2]

Related pages


  1. Screech, Timon. (2006). Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779–1822, p. 222 n65.
  2. Screech, pp. 148-151, 163-170, 248.
Preceded by
Honda Tadanaka
Lord of Sagara
Succeeded by
Tanuma Okiaki

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