New Fraternity Party
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|Founded||1 January 1998|
|Dissolved||27 April 1998|
|Split from||New Frontier Party|
|Merged into||Democratic Party of Japan|
The New Fraternity Party (新党友愛 Shintō Yūai?) was a Japanese political party that existed in early 1998. It was founded by Diet members that broke away from the New Frontier Party in January 1998. It was a liberal party espousing various left of centre causes.
The name has its origins in the Taishō period democratic movements, which used the word yūai (fraternity) as a motto. The party also claimed that yūai had a phonetic similarity to the English "you and I", representing their hope of cooperating with ordinary Japanese.
In April 1998, the New Fraternity Party merged with the Good Governance Party, the previous Democratic Party (1996-1998) and the Democratic Reform Party (民主改革連合 Minshu-Kaikaku-Rengō?) to form the brand-new Democratic Party.
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