From the Yamato Clan - born to Emperor Yomei
In 593 was appointed regent, which is one who rules when the technical leader is ill, absent or too young. He is credited with establishing a strong relationship with China, which created a heavy Chinese influence in Japanese society primarily through Buddhism, writing, and art. He succeeded in establishing a centralized government during his reign. After converting to Buddhism, he sent missions to China to learn about Chinese culture. Although influenced by Chinese culture and religion, the Japanese were able to balance their Shinto religion with Buddhism. He tried to implement civil service exams like the Chinese but Japanese society was structured too strictly.