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FUKUI (Kyodo) A descendant of Ii Naosuke (1815-1860), a prominent politician who hailed from what is now Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, achieved a historic “reconciliation” with the people of Fukui when he attended a memorial service here Thursday marking the 150th anniversary of an execution ordered by his ancestor.

Naotake Ii, 40, the 18th head of the Ii family and head of Hikone Castle Museum, Hikone Mayor Koyo Shishiyama and other representatives of the city burned incense for the repose of the soul of Hashimoto Sanai (1834-1859), who was beheaded in Edo, now Tokyo, on Oct. 7, 1859, on the orders of Naosuke for opposing his national strategy.

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