Yasuhisa Tokugawa

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Yasuhisa Tokugawa
徳川 康久
TitleChief Priest of Yasukuni Shrine
Born1948 (age 73–74)
SpouseShizue Miyazaki
ParentsOsamu Tokugawa
Mieko Yamada
Senior posting
Period in office2013 – 2018
PredecessorTakaharu Kyōgoku
SuccessorKunio Kohori

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Yasuhisa Tokugawa (徳川 康久, Tokugawa Yasuhisa, born 1948) is a Japanese businessman and priest who served as the chief priest of Yasukuni Shrine from 2013 to 2018.[1] He also serves as the president of the International Martial Arts Federation.[2]


He is the great-grandson of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.[3] Tokugawa graduated from Gakushuin University's law department in March 1971. He was involved in Phillips Petroleum Company from June 1971 until his retirement.

In March 2000, Tokugawa graduated from Kokugakuin University's Shinto studies program. While serving as a priest of Shiba Tōshō-gū from August 2004, he presided over the funeral of Kikuko, Princess Takamatsu, in December.[4] On 19 January 2013, Tokugawa was appointed as the chief priest of Yasukuni Shrine.[5] On 23 January 2018, he expressed his intentions to retire under personal circumstances.[6] He retired from his position as chief priest on 28 February and was succeeded by Kunio Kohori on 1 March.[7]

Tokugawa is affiliated with Nippon Kaigi.[8]



Patrilineal descent[edit]


  1. Hoover, William D. (2018-12-15). "Yasukuni Shrine". Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 437–438. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  2. "Vom Zauber asiatischer Kampfkunst" [From the magic of Asian martial arts]. Badische Zeitung (in German). Stegen. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2017-09-29.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. "靖国神社の徳川宮司「明治維新という過ち」発言の波紋" [The ripple of remarks of Yasukuni Shrine's Yasuhisa Tokugawa "The Fault of the Meiji Restoration"]. News Post Seven (in Japanese). 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2017-10-13.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. "第117回 安全保障フォーラム" [117th Security Forum]. 日本郷友連盟 (in Japanese). 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2018-11-25.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  5. Master Blaster (2013-01-22). "New Head Priest of Controversial Yasukuni Shrine Appointed". SoraNews24. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  6. "徳川康久宮司が退任へ 「一身上の都合」と説明" [Chief Priest Yasuhisa Tokugawa to retire for "personal reasons" and description]. Mainichi Shimbun (in Japanese). 2018-01-24. Retrieved 2018-10-14.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  7. "靖国神社宮司に小堀氏 徳川氏は退任" [Mr. Kohori becomes Yasukuni Shrine chief priest, Mr. Tokugawa retires]. Nikkei (in Japanese). 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2018-11-25.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  8. "役員名簿" [Official Register]. Nippon Kaigi (in Japanese). 2017-09-01. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-11-25.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  9. "徳川(德川)氏(別家慶喜家分家)" [Tokugawa clan (Yoshinobu family branch)]. Reichsarchiv (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-09-29.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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