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A Portuguese Jesuit named Padre Louis Frois, who was one of the first Europeans to write extensively about Japan, described Murakami Takeyoshi as the most powerful pirate in Japan and a man feared by all.

The Murakami clan dominated the Inland Sea for more than 200 years from late in the 14th century. Alongside their legitimate fishing and salt-making activities, these consummate seafarers also excelled at piracy and became very powerful due to their control of key sea routes. Some of their recorded activities included: escorting vessels to ensure (at a price) their safe passage, operating toll barriers, hijacking ships and fighting naval battles with rivals.

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