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Asano Hinaga (Napoleon's World)

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Asano Hinaga, Daimyo, (October 18, 1919 - December 10, 2012) is a Japanese nobleman and politician best known for serving as the __ Shogun of Japan. He was appointed as Shogun in 1970 following the seppuku of his predecessor following the 1970 Japanese banking crisis, and was responsible for many of the political and economic reforms that helped Japan's economy grow rapidly in the latter half of the 1970's. After a brief recession in 1979 and 1980, Japan had one of the biggest 12-month economic booms in human history from June 1980 to June 1981, called the "Magnificent Year" in Japan. Hinaga designated Jiro Hataka as his preferred successor and resigned respectfully on March 1st, 1982, having served the Emperor Hirohito for nearly 12 years. He was referred to as the "Young Shogun" for assuming the Shogunate at only 50 years of age, relatively young compared to prior holders of the title. After a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease, Hinaga passed away on December 10, 2012.

Hinaga was the first shogun in postwar Japan who had not served in the Pacific War or whose life had been significantly and directly affected by it.

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