There are lots of episode on Naoe Kanetsugu as this book, "Ten - Chi - Jin" mentions. If I were asked to select 3, I will select the followings:
1. Naoe was subject of Uesugi. Toyotomi, who unified all Japan, master of Uesugi, wanted Naoe to be direct subject of Toyotomi. Toyotomi told people that Naoe is one of the few who he can relay on to rule Japan that time. When Toyotomi asked Naoe if Naoe is interested in working for Toyotomi, Naoe told Toyotomi that Uesugi is only master of his and this will never change for his life no matter what happens.
2. When Uesugi was moved from central Japan to northern Japan, Naoe told all Uesugi subjects that it depends on their own decision if they move with Uesugi or leave. He assured that subjects leaving will be introduced to some other new masters. The record indicates that there was no single subject left Uesugi despite the fact that their territories and yeild became less than 1/3 of before.
3. In order to feed entire country after their move to northern Japan, Naoe recommended Samurai to help farmers and assure their own yield and food. He had done lots of civil constructions including building bank to stop flooding for better rice yield. 50 years after his time, rice yield of his country got doubled.
It happened to be all his political episodes today. I will list his military side of talent in next article.
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