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  • Japanese/Okinawan: 地頭代 (jitoudai / jitudee)

Jitôdai, or jitudee in Okinawan, were local village officials appointed to administer and oversee the magiri in place of (dai) the jitô who was granted that authority and responsibility by the royal court.

Typically selected from among the local villagers, the jitudee was the top local authority in the magiri, and worked to fulfill administrative obligations assigned him by ministers of the royal court; these duties included tax collection, adjudicating the division of land, protection of forest resources, and the collection of other sorts of official payments.

References

  • Plaques at Okinawa Furusato Mura, architectural park, Nakijin.[1]
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