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Arima Sugihiro

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Arima Sugihiro is believed to have been the first official head of the Nihonmachi (Japantown) in the Siamese city of Ayutthaya. He may have been from the Arima family of merchants, who held a red seal license for trade in Champa.

Sugihiro was succeeded as head of the community by Kiya Ky├╗zaemon, in 1610.

References

  • Cesare Polenghi, Samurai of Ayutthaya: Yamada Nagamasa, Japanese warrior and merchant in early seventeenth-century Siam. Bangkok: White Lotus Press (2009), 40.
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