Taika Reforms

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Taika Reforms

Taika Reforms

The Taika Reforms (大化の改新) were a set of governmental overhauls instigated by Emperor Kōtoku and created by Prince Naka with the help of Nakatomi no Kamatari.

The Reforms set up new provincial administrative systems as well as instigating the organisation of a census and a land survey. Lots of cultivated parcels of land were given to the lower classes with special allocations for income to the Imperial House, aristocrats and officials according to their status being instigates. Under this reform peasants were taxed on their fields and became liable for levies of cloth and labour.1


1. Martin, P. (1997) ”The Chrysanthemum Throne”. Gloucestershire: Sutton Publishing Limited.

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