Shimazu Tadataka

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Grave of Shimazu Tadataka at Fukushô-ji in Kagoshima
  • Born: 1497/8/14
  • Died: 1519/4/4
  • Japanese: 島津忠隆 (Shimazu Tadataka)

Shimazu Tadataka was the 13th head of the Shimazu clan.

The second son of Shimazu Tadamasa, he became shugo of Satsuma, Ôsumi, and Hyûga provinces upon the death of his older brother Shimazu Tadaharu in 1515.

He is said to have prevented an invasion of the Ryûkyû Kingdom plotted by Miyake Kunihide in 1516; other sources indicate, however, that this is a falsehood concocted by the Shimazu clan, as part of schemes to place Ryûkyû into Satsuma's debt, so that the Shimazu could push for a monopoly on trade with Ryûkyû. The plot is discussed in a letter dated 1533/9/16, from the House Elders under Shimazu Takahisa, sent to the Sanshikan (chief royal advisors) of Ryûkyû.

He died on 1519/4/4 at the age of 23; as he had no heir, he was succeeded by his younger brother Shimazu Katsuhisa.


  • "Shimazu Tadataka," Nihon jinmei daijiten, Kodansha 2009.
  • "Miyake Kunihide." Asahi Nihon rekishi jinbutsu jiten 朝日日本歴史人物事典. Asahi Shimbun.