|Force(s):|| Oda Clan|
|Also known as Hideyoshi Hashiba|
OToyotomi Hideyoshi was the daimyo of Nagoya Prefecture and regent to the emperor of Japan (kampaku).
Hideyoshi was born in Nagoya, Owari Province, to a peasant. In 1551, he commanded troops under Oda Nobunaga as a general. As a commander, he fought at the Battle of Okehazama as one of the leaders of the ambushes that drove off the Imagawa Clan. Though outnumbered, he did not doubt his master's ability to win. After the battle, he commanded the Oda army invading Mino Province in 1567. He defeated the Saito Clan forces easily, encouraging Takenaka Hanbei to defect to the Oda ranks. As Hideyoshi rose in rank, he gained more land for his fiefdom and became a daimyo. Unlike his master Nobunaga, he was lenient and benevolent. This was to cause his downfalls in battle, fleeing the massacre at Kizugawaguchi and letting the future killer of his son, Tokugawa Ieyasu, escape at Komaki and Nagakute.
Unfortunately, he was sent west by Nobunaga to fight the Mori Clan shortly before Nobunaga was murdered in Honnoji by Akechi Mitsuhide. The same year, 1582, he came back and slaughtered Akechi at the Battle of Yamazaki. This marked his first campaign as a daimyo, true in name and appearance.
After Yamazaki, Hideyoshi fought more against the other generals of Oda gone independent. His old friend turned enemy, Shibata Katsuie, was preparing an army under Sakuma Morimasa to face him. Hideyoshi gained the general Toshiie Maeda unintentionally by showing his virtue. With a new ally and the enemy counterattack defected, Hideyoshi routed the Shibata army. Next, he faced off against the Oda remnants under Oda Nobukatsu and Tokugawa Ieyasu at Komaki ad Nagakute, where he slowly cut down the enemy by layer of their dispositions. Hideyoshi took Ieyasu in as a general following the battle. In 1585, he became the shogun of Japan.
Even though Hideyoshi could not become a shogun because of his peasant birth and the fact that Ashikaga Yoshiaki refuse to adopt him as the ashikaga clan. Instead he was made kampaku and Daijo-Daijin later on, entrusting most of his power to Toyotomi Hidetsugu, his nephew. In 1586, he lent a helping hand to the Tachibana Clan of Kyushu by dispatching his troops to attack the Shimazu Clan invaders. He gained them as a vassal, and used his conquests to patch up the holes in the empire caused by the period of strife, founding the Momoyama period rulers. The alliance invaded the Hojo Clan in 1590, completing the unification of Japan.
Two years later, he united Japan's agression by invading Korea. He fought two invasions from 1592 to 1598, when he died of illness. He was succeeded by his five-year-old son, Toyotomi Hideyori.