Meaning of JITŌ in English

In feudal Japan, a land steward appointed by the central military government to each of the estates ( shōen ) into which the countryside was divided.

The jitō collected taxes and maintained the peace; he was also entitled to a portion of the taxes collected. The position, created by Minamoto Yoritomo in 1184, came to be hereditary. As time went by, the jitō came to have closer ties with local leaders than with the central government, which contributed to the weakening of the Kamakura shogunate (see Kamakura period ).

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