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Miyoshi Kiyotsura

847 - 918

 

 

Miyoshi Kiyotsura was a scholar-statesman who was inspired by Chinese classical learning and antagonistic to Buddhism. Author of a memorial calling the attention of the emperor to current abuses - which he ascribed mostly to the greed of Buddhist clergy - but does not spare the court officials and Shintô priests. Miyoshi is considered a good exmaple of the stern, high-minded Confucianist, who is to be found throughout Japanese history calling in Chinese prose for political or social reform.

___________________________________________________________________Compiled by C.E. West