Ikeda Mitsumasa

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  • Japanese: 池田光政 (Ikeda Mitsumasa)

Ikeda Mitsumasa was a daimyô of Okayama han. He served as an advisor to Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu, and is known as one of the earliest daimyô to implement the use of a petition box, allowing his subjects to express their concerns or suggestions for better government.[1]

Mitsumasa bore some relations to the Tokugawa clan, as his mother had been adopted by Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada, and his wife was a niece of Iemitsu.[2]


  1. Luke Roberts, Mercantilism in a Japanese Domain: The Merchant Origins of Economic Nationalism in 18th-Century Tosa, Cambridge University Press (1998), 107.
  2. Mark Ravina, Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan, Stanford University Press (1999), 41.