The People Of The Various Provinces Are Strictly Forbidden To Have In Their Possession Any Swords, Short Swords, Bows, Spears, Firearms, Or Other Types Of Arms.

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The people of the various provinces are strictly forbidden to have in their
possession any swords, short swords, bows, spears, firearms, or other types
of arms. The possession of unnecessary implements makes difficult the
collection of taxes and dues and tends to foment uprisings.
-- Toyotomi Hideyoshi, dictator of Japan, August 1588