Japanese Jito

  • Medieval Asia
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The ''Jito'' was an 11th Century AD Title, used to identify a Person – selected by a Regional Shogunate, to supervise certain Manors and or Land Holdings. This was comparable to a ''Lessor Lord'' (Nobleman) found in early Medieval Europe at roughly the same Period. The Jito was an important Person with regards to trust. He collected revenue (money and crops) – which would eventually be taken to The Regional Shogun (and in some cases, Emperor.


Often an ''Imperial Jito'' had more ''power'' than a ''Shogunate Jito''. By the 15th Century AD, many Jito had established themselves a step lower than Shogun. This created a problem with regards to Jito refusing to relinquish their collected revenue. By the 16th Century AD, and the establishment of The Sengoku Period (The Unification), The Title was abolished, with many Jito being assassinated.