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Fief controlled by a daimyo, or territorial lord, during the Tokugawa period (1603–1867) in Japan. Collectively, the han resembled a confederation of principalities united under the Tokugawa shogunate. In 1869 the daimyo were requested to surrender their domains to the Meiji emperor; in 1871 they were abolished and replaced by the present-day prefectures.
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