Takeda Yoshinobu

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  • Born: 1536?
  • Died: 1567
  • Other Name: Takeda Tarô
  • Title: Izu no Kami

Yoshinobu was Shingen's eldest son. His mother was the daughter of court noble Sanjô Kinyori and Yoshinobu himself was married to a daughter of Imagawa Yoshimoto in 1552. He argued with his father over the conduct of the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima (1561), where he was wounded, as well as disagreed on what to do about the Imagawa clan in Suruga province after the death of his father in law, Imagawa Yoshimoto. He went so far as to lobby his position to Shingen's generals behind his back, and relations between father and son soured after this. In 1565 he was accused of plotting against Shingen and was confined to the Toko temple. In 1567 he was made to commit suicide. Another theory has it that he died of illness, though most historians accept that Shingen ordered his death, possibly to insure that Takeda Katsuyori would succeed him.