Japan Democratic Party (1954)

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Japan Democratic Party
Founded November 24, 1954 (1954-11-24)
Dissolved November 15, 1955 (1955-11-15)
Merged into Liberal Democratic Party
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Politics of Japan
Political parties

Japan Democratic Party (日本民主党, Nihon Minshutō) was a short-living right-wing political party in Japan 1954–1955, led by Ichirō Hatoyama. Its leaders included former foreign minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and future Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. The party was formed on November 24, 1954, by merging Ichiro Hatoyama's group which left Liberal Party in 1953, and Shigemitsu-led Kaishinto party. On November 15, 1955, Japan Democratic Party merged with the Liberal Party to form Liberal Democratic Party.

Not to be confused with:

  • The current Democratic Party of Japan (民主党, Minshutō).
  • Democratic Party (民主党, Minshutō) founded in 1947 by merging Progressive Party (Shinpo-tō) with a faction of Liberal Party. Merged with People's Cooperative Party (Kokumin Kyodoto) to form People's Democratic Party (Kokumin Minshuto).
  • Democratic Liberal Party (民主自由党, Minshu-jiyutō) (name of the 1945-1955 Liberal party (自由党, Jiyutō) held between 1948 and 1950)