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  • Japanese: 与力 (yoriki)

Yoriki were constables responsible for patrolling the streets of Edo, alongside dôshin (patrolmen), who were their subordinates. About fifty yoriki were active in Edo, and answered to the Edo City Magistrates (Edo machi bugyô). Though in theory yoriki were appointed to their position for a single lifetime only, these positions quickly came to be passed down in a hereditary manner.[1]


  • Arai Hakuseki, Joyce Ackroyd (trans.), Told Round a Brushwood Fire, University of Tokyo Press (1979), 324.
  1. Katô Takashi, "Governing Edo," in James McClain (ed.), Edo & Paris, Cornell University Press (1994), 51.