Democratic Liberal Party (Japan)
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The Democratic Liberal Party (Japanese: , Minshujiyut? Minjut?) was a political party in Japan.


The party was established in March 1947 as a merger of the Liberal Party, D?shi Club and a faction of the Democratic Party led by Sait? Takao.[1] United by their opposition to the coal nationalisation law, the new party had 152 MPs and 46 members of the House of Councillors.[1]

As a result of the DLP's attempts to block Yamazaki Takeshi from forming a new government after Hitoshi Ashida resigned as Prime Minister, the party's Shigeru Yoshida became Prime Minister in October 1948 and early elections were called in January 1949.[1] The DLP won a landslide victory, taking 269 of the 466 seats, the first time a party had held a majority of seats since World War II.[1] Shigeru Yoshida continued as Prime Minister.

In March 1950 the party merged with the Alliance faction of the Democratic Party to form the new Liberal Party.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Haruhiro Fukui (1985) Political parties of Asia and the Pacific, Greenwood Press, pp481-482
  2. ^ Fukui, p568

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