Ake (吾笥) is said to have been an ancestor of the Haji Clan, living during the reign of Emperor Yūryaku. He is said to have gone to court to present, ‘private Be members.’ Some take this as evidence that Be members were infact slaves to their uji superiors, with others seeing this as evidence of them being subordinates.1
1. Borgen, R. (1975) “The Origins of the Sugawara. A History of the Haji Family”. Monumenta Nipponica. Vol.30 No.4 pp.405-422
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