c.614 - 669
Japanese Statesman

Fujiwara, also called Nakatomi Kamatari, was the initiator of the Taika reform in Japan.

In 645 Kamatari, together with the future emperor Tenji, murdered the head of the powerful Soga family who had totally dominated the Japanese Imperial court. As a reward Kamatari became chief minister, and in this role he initiated the reform of the Taika era and established an Imperial central government in Japan.

In 669 Kamatari assumed the surname Fujiwara and he became the founder of the Fujiwara clan that dominated Japan from the 9th to the 12th century.

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