Ichijo Saneyoshi (一条実良)

Saneyoshi ICHIJO (March 26, 1835 - May 16, 1868) was a Kuge (court noble) who lived in the late Edo period. He was a son of Tadaka ICHIJO and an older brother of Empress Dowager Shoken (Empress of Emperor Meiji). His daughter was 良子 (who was a wife of Saneteru ICHIJO) and adopted son was Tadasada ICHIJO. His hogo (a Buddhist name in the case of Nichiren Buddhism) was Kegonkoji (literally, Kegonko-ji Temple). He proposed the closure of the Port of Yokohama and others to the government. On January 3, 1868, the Decree for the Restoration of Imperial Rule ('Osei Fukko no Daigorei' in Japanese) was issued, whereby members of the Kobu Gattai-ha party (supporting the policy of Kobu Gattai, "Unity of Court and Bakufu") including him were banned from the imperial palace.

Brief Personal History

He was born as a son to Tadaka ICHIJO in 1835.

He was conferred an official court rank of Jusanmi (Junior Third Rank) on September 4, 1848.

He was appointed Gon Dainagon (Provisional Major Counselor) in 1858.

He was appointed Kokuji Goyo-gakari (board of national affairs, where the board members selected from among the Kuge nobles freely discussed national affairs regardless of their lineage, office and rank) in 1862.

He became Udaijin (Minister of the Right) in 1867.

On December 8, 1867, he was conferred Juichii (Junior First Rank).

He died in 1868. He died at the age of 34.

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