Ashikaga Yoshikatsu (March 19, 1434 – August 16, 1443) held the position of the seventh shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate, reigning from 1442 to 1443 during Japan's Muromachi period. Yoshikatsu was the son of the 6th shogun, Ashikaga Yoshinori, born to his concubine Hino Shigeko (1411–1463). In his early years, he was known by the childhood name Chiyachamaru. Initially, Hino Tomiko, the wife of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, was engaged to Yoshikatsu.

In 1441, Shogun Yoshinori, aged 48, was assassinated by Akamatsu Mitsusuke. Shortly thereafter, it was decided that his 8-year-old son, Yoshikatsu, would succeed him as the new shogun. Yoshikatsu was officially recognized as shogun the following year. Tragically, on August 16, 1443, at the age of 9, Yoshikatsu passed away. He had a fondness for horse riding, but met a fatal accident from a fall. He had only held the position of shogun for three years. His 8-year-old brother, Yoshinari, was then appointed as shogun. It was several years later that Yoshinari adopted the name Yoshimasa, by which he is better known.

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