Qi Jiguang - Historical Background - Pirate Raiders From Japan

Pirate Raiders From Japan

Meanwhile, Japan was in a state of great unrest. The Sengoku Period saw the entire Japan plunged in small-scale regional civil wars. Many defeated samurais as well as impoverished workers and farmers turned to piracy. They often occupied offshore islands near the coast of China and raided Chinese coastal cities. The raids seriously impeded China's economy and trade, not to mention the mass killings and lootings. The pirate problem intensified during the mid-16th century. Efforts by Chinese generals such as Qi Jiguang effectively curbed the pirate insurgency, but the problem was only eradicated with the coming of the Azuchi-Momoyama period when the situation in Japan stabilized and few new pirates were produced.

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