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date: 23 May 2024

Japan. 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Anne WalthallAnne Walthall

The first written records regarding Japan mention Himiko, queen of a confederacy of clans. According to the Wei zhi (Wei Chronicle) of China, in an entry dated 239, Himiko lived in seclusion, communicated with the gods, and had a brother who helped her rule. Upon her death, clan chieftains fought over who should succeed her before settling on a young, unmarried woman. Historians debate whether Himiko exercised political power or served as a tool for her brother.... ...

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