It is about the general I wrote in the article "The General Who Prevailed "Love" in Japan's Dark Age". His name again is "Kanetsugu Naoe" When this worrier was 19, he was engaging in civil war involving who became the local lord after "Kenshin Uesugi" (refer to my post" "GI" was this local king's driving force") died. Kenshin had 2 step sons. Both were from his enemies and both loved Kenshin, trusted him.
Left : Kanetsugu Naoe's Armor. The Character on his Helmet is Chinese - Japanese Character means "Love".
Right: Portrait of Kanetsugu Naoe. He looks more religious people than a general or worrier. He was an excellent governor, premier.
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But still they ended up fighting over Kenshin's successor to be the local lord. Ones name is "Kagetora", the others "Kagekatsu". Earlier, Kagetora was almost winning to be supported by 2 powerful neighbor countries "Hojo" and "Takeda". Kanetsugu was closest subject of Kagekatsu who is almost losing. Kanetsugu advised Kagekatsu to ally with Takeda. Takeda fought against Kenshin several times but could never have decided who was the winner. Kanetsugu advised Kagekatsu to give 2 counties close to Takeda territory. But Takeda was not moved. Kanetsugu needed to do something to realize this alliance.
Takeda was fighting against other enemy for more than 10 years then, and their treasury was almost used up. Kanetsugu brought 1 Million Dollars worth gold and met Lord of Takeda. In Japanese culture, or any culture of Chivalry, using money to buy enemy is one of the worst strategy and being avoided. The one offered money used to have felt insulted. Kanetsugu's lord, Kagekatsu was not sure if Takeda's honorable lord accepted it.
As imagined, Takeda refused the offer and alliance. Then Kanetsugu told Takeda. "There was a time when Kenshin sent salt to Takeda when Takeda was cut the supply from enemy countries (Takeda's territory was mountain country, not having access to sea and could not produce salt in their territory that time). This gold is same as salt that time. Especially gold, or money, can change the value, vice or virtue depending on how it will be used. In this sense it all up to you if it can be vice or virtue."
Do you think Kanetsugu succeeded in allying with Takeda? How do you think Kanetsugu's strategy to give money to form a friendship and alliance? Did I make the point? Is this article clear and understandable? Please let me know.
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