Read the letters that Ii Naosuke and Tokugawa Nariaki produced for the Bakufu’s consideration, and write a paper of approximately 500 words that compares and contrasts the advice they give.

The Shogun’s bureaucratic government, known as the Bakufu, had until that point pursued a policy of almost complete isolation from the outside world. Faced with an unprecedented challenge, the Bakufu solicited the views of the powerful Daimyo, hereditary nobility who led the feudal samurai clans of Japan. Many responded with written letters outlining their views on the necessary response.

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