Yoriki (与力) were members of the samurai class of feudal Japan. Yoriki literally means helper or assistant.[1]

Description and historyEdit

Yoriki assisted daimyō (feudal lords) or their designated commanders during military campaigns in the Kamakura and Muromachi periods.[2] In the Edo period, yoriki provided administrative assistance at governmental offices. Among different yorikis were the machikata yoriki, who were in charge of police under the command of the machi-bugyō. Below the yoriki were the dōshin. In the city of Edo there were about 25 yorikis working each for the two machi-bugyō offices.


  • Cunningham, Don (2004). 'Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai'. Tuttle Publishing. p. 43. ISBN 0-8048-3536-5. Google Book Search. Retrieved on February 26, 2009.