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(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
The following is a translation of the Henshu Techo column from The Yomiuri Shimbun's Jan. 30 issue.
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The Tokugawa shogunate appointed heads of small domains in hereditary vassalage to the Tokugawas as its cabinet ministers, banning powerful feudal lords from engaging in politics.
This was in line with the principle calling for smaller powers for those given a large fief and bigger powers for those given a smaller fief.
In a PHP library paperback titled "Ningentsu de Nakereba Ikirarenai" (You can't live unless you are familiar with human affairs), …