In the Kofun Period, the Yamato state was a confederation of clans. The clans had enormous power over the court. The ruling Yamato family sought to rectify this by instituting methods to increase the power of the central government.

The clans were actually receptive to these new developments, and it turns out they were not that effective in curbing the clans’ power. Over the next few periods, the imperial family would enact more reforms to seize more of the power pie.

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