Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan
|Deputy Leader||Akira Nagatsuma|
|Founded||2 October 2017|
|Split from||Democratic Party (2016)|
|Headquarters||2-12-4 Fuji Building 3F, Hirakawa-chō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093, Japan|
23 / 242
57 / 465
|Local (Prefectural and Local) assembly members|
271 / 32,715
The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (立憲民主党 Rikken-minshutō), frequently abbreviated to CDP, Rikkentō (立憲党), Ritsumintō (立民党) or Minshutō (民主党), is a centre-left political party in Japan. The party is led by Yukio Edano.
The party was formed from a centre-left split from the opposition Democratic Party (DP) in the run up to the 2017 general election. Prior to the election on 28 September 2017, the DP House of Representatives caucus dissolved in order for party members to stand as candidates for Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike's Party of Hope or as independents in the upcoming election. The new party was launched on 2 October by DP deputy leader Yukio Edano at a press conference in Tokyo for liberals and left-leaning members of the DP who do not wish to, or were rejected for, contesting the election as candidates for the Party of Hope.
On 3 October 2017 it was announced that the new party would not contest seats where former Democrats were running as Party of Hope candidates, a gesture which was not returned when the Party of Hope ran a candidate in Edano's incumbent district. The Japanese Communist Party, in turn, pulled their own candidate from running in Edano's district so as to not take away votes from him. The party won a total of 55 seats, becoming the leading opposition party and leading the pacifist bloc (including the JCP and Social Democratic Party) to become the largest opposition bloc.
The party opposes the proposed revision of Article 9 of Japan's postwar constitution. The party supports the phasing out of nuclear energy in Japan, and government investment in renewable energy, and supports the freeze in the rise of consumption tax. The party does not support the legalization and maintenance of casinos. The party also supports "building a society that supports each other and makes full use of individuality and creativity." 
Policy Affairs Research Council chief
Election Campaign Committee chief
General Affairs Committee chief
Councillors caucus chief secretary
Councillors caucus leader
|Deputy Secretary-General||Yukihiko Akutsu|
|Policy Affairs Research Council deputy chief||Seiji Ōsaka|
|Policy Affairs Research Council first vice chief||Yōichirō Aoyagi|
|Diet Affairs Committee chief||Kiyomi Tsujimoto|
|Diet Affairs Committee deputy chief||Kōichi Yamauchi|
|Diet Affairs Committee first vice chief||Yoshio Tezuka|
|Councillors Affairs Committee chief||Masayoshi Nataniya|
|Board of Governors chief||Hiroshi Kawauchi|
|Joint House General Council chief||Satoshi Arai|
|Parliamentary Association chief||Katsuhiko Yokomitsu|
|No.||Name||Term of office|
|Took Office||Left Office|
|Split from: Democratic Party (2016) (center-left)|
|1||Yukio Edano||2 October 2017||Incumbent|
General election results
|Election||Leader||# of candidates||# of seats won||# of Constituency votes||% of Constituency vote||# of PR Block votes||% of PR Block vote||Government/opposition|
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