Personal Statement: Takeda Shingen

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Thursday 12th March, 1565 I am Takeda Shingen. I am a samurai. I come from a proud family of successful strategists and fighters. My two brothers, Takeda Nobutora and Takeda Nobukado, are assisting me in managing my armies and are commanding large forces. My seven sons are commanders and fighters in my armies and will continue to serve me, even once I have passed. I do my family proud, I am and have been a successful military leader for several years (see figure 1). Off of the battlefield, one of my greatest achievements is creating a dam to protect the Fuji River. The benefits of this project will endure long after my time and outlast any of my military and political achievements. I live in Kai province, as was the chosen ruler of this area.

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