Your Party

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Your Party
みんなの党
Founded August 8, 2009 (2009-08-08)
Dissolved November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19)
Ideology Conservatism,[citation needed]
Neoliberalism,[citation needed]
Economic liberalism,[citation needed]
Anti-nuclear[citation needed]
International affiliation None
Website
http://www.your-party.jp/
Politics of Japan
Political parties
Elections
A campaign truck announcing policy outside of Kashiwa Station in Chiba.

Your Party (みんなの党 Minna no Tō?, literally "Everyone's party") is a former center-right Japanese political party. Led by Yoshimi Watanabe, who split from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the party was founded on August 8, 2009 after then-Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolved the lower house. One concept behind the party was to make the government more democratic, and to eliminate control of the government by non-elected members established in the bureaucracy. In this respect, Watanabe has repeatedly stated that his position is compatible with the Democratic Party of Japan.

Your Party advocated favorable views toward lower taxation, free enterprise, smaller government, and less regulation.

The party fielded 13 candidates in the August 2009 general elections.[1] Five of those candidates were elected to the lower house. In the 2010 house of Councillors election, it gained 10 seats.[2] It also made gains at the 2011 regional elections, and in the 2012 general election, where it increased its seats from eight in the lower house to eighteen.

Following an announcement by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe for an election to be held in December 2014, the party's 20 members voted to disband on November 19, 2014. Falling support and disagreement over whether to side with the ruling coalition in the upcoming election were identified as reasons for the split.[3]


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