Nagao Akikata


Sōja-Nagao Clan


Kōzuke Province

Lifespan:  14xx to 15xx

Rank:  bushō

Title:  Governor of Owari

Clan:  Sōja-Nagao

Lord:  Uesugi Akisada → Uesugi Akizane → Uesugi Norifusa

Father:  Nagao 景致

Adoptive Father:  Nagao Akitada

Wife:  [Formal]  Daughter of Nagao Akitada

Children:  Kagehide, Kagenori

Nagao Akikata served as a bushi during the Sengoku period.  Akikata became the seventh head of the Sōja-Nagao clan of Kōzuke Province and was a retainer of the Yamauchi-Uesugi family.

Akikata was born as the son of Nagao 景致, the fourth son of Nagao Tadakage, the fifth head of the Sōja-Nagao clan.  Akikata wed the daughter of Nagao Akitada, the sixth head of the Sōja-Nagao clan, becoming Akitada’s adopted son-in-law.

In  1509, after the death of Akitada, Akikata inherited the Sōja-Nagao clan at an early age, but, in a struggle over the successor to Uesugi Akisada, the deputy shōgun of the Kantō, Akikata joined his uncle, Narita Akiyasu in support of Uesugi Akizane, and opposed Uesugi Norifusa who was based at Hachigata Castle in Musashi Province.  Nevertheless, Akikata was defeated by Yokose Kageshige and Nagao Kagenaga.  Thereafter, Norifusa removed Akikata from his role as head of house affairs which position was given to Kagenaga.  This event is known as the Eishō Conflict, named after the era in which it occurred.

Extremely resentful of this outcome, in 1524, Akikata colluded with Hōjō Ujitsuna of the Sagami Province with the aim of launching a rebellion.  This plan was thwarted, however, after Akikata was attacked by Nagao Akikage.  Akikage was a cousin of Akikata from an illegitimate branch of the Nagao known as the Takatsu-Nagao clan who acted upon orders of Uesugi Norihiro (the successor to Norifusa).  As a result, Akikata lost his position as the head of the Sōja-Nagao clan.  Ōta Sukeyori of the Ōgigayatsu-Uesugi family severely criticized Akikata over this matter.  There is a theory that the ouster of Akikata and seizure of the headship of the clan by Akikage occurred in 1507 during the Eishō Conflict and owed to Akikage acting in concert with Hōjō Ujitsuna and Nagao Tamekage.

His whereabouts thereafter are unknown.  The headship of the Sōja-Nagao clan was inherited by the descendants of Nagao Akikage.