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When Hideyoshi wanted to invade Korea, the Tokugawa clan noticeably stayed out of the conflict. What were the reasons for them doing so?

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Got a link for "noticeably stayed out of the conflict"? I doubt I can provide an answer, but its been fun reading up on it. My guess would be it was political. Hideyoshi was old by this time, so if they thought things were likely to go badly, being the leaders in the opposition from the get-go might give them enough prestige to help gain the Shogunate (which they did indeed get about 5 years later). –  T.E.D. Jul 11 '12 at 19:15
Well, on the Wikipedia article, it says that "he wisely kept his soldiers out of Hideyoshi's campaign in Korea." and "The Tokugawa samurai never took part in this campaign". However, it didn't say why he didn't take part though. –  Ken Li Jul 11 '12 at 19:46
OK. There is sort of kind of a link to that part of the wiki page. If that's the best you have, that's the best you have. I've added it for you. –  T.E.D. Jul 11 '12 at 20:00
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