Democratic Party of Japan (1996–98)

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Democratic Party
President Naoto Kan
Chief Secretary
(party affairs)
Yukio Hatoyama
Founded 29 September 1996
Dissolved 27 April 1998
Split from New Frontier Party
Succeeded by "New" Democratic Party of Japan
Ideology Centrism
Politics of Japan
Political parties

The Democratic Party of Japan (1996–1998) (民主党 Minshutō?) is a now defunct centrist[1][2] political party in Japan. The party was one of the forerunners to the modern-day Democratic Party of Japan. The two leading lights of the party, Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan, subsequently became Prime Minister one after the other at the end of the first decade of the 21st century.


  1. ^ Eiji Takemae (2003). Allied Occupation of Japan. Continuum. pp. 540–. ISBN 978-0-8264-1521-9. 
  2. ^ Glenn D. Hook; Julie Gilson; Christopher W. Hughes; Hugo Dobson (11 January 2013). Japan's International Relations: Politics, Economics and Security. Routledge. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-1-134-32806-2.