DescriptionSoga clan, one of the most powerful clans of the Asuka period in Japan, adopts Buddhism
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The Soga clan had much contact with foreigners, including the Koreans and the Chinese. They favored the adoption of Buddhism and of governmental and cultural models based on Chinese Confucianism. The names of Soga no Iname's ancestors, Soga no Koma and Soga no Karako reference the Chinese written form of the Goguryeo state and Gaya confederacy (Kara), respectively, of the Korean Peninsula.