|Deputy Leader||K?hei ?tsuka|
|Councilors Leader||K?hei ?tsuka|
|Founded||7 May 2018|
|Merger of||Kib? no T?|
|Headquarters||1-11-1 Miyakezaka Building, Nagatach?, Chiyoda, Tokyo|
|Newspaper||Kokumin Minshu Press|
|Slogan||Tsukur?, atarashii kotae|
("Let's make a new answer")
The Democratic Party for the People (, Kokumin-minshut?); , KMT; DPFP or DPP) is a centre to centre-right political party in Japan. The party was formed on 7 May 2018 from the merger of the Democratic Party and Kib? no T?. The party was initially to be named the National Democratic Party before the predecessor parties decided on the current official English language name.
On 28 September 2017, Democratic Party (DP) leader Seiji Maehara announced that the party had abandoned plans to contest the 2017 general election, with the party's sitting representatives contesting the election as candidates for the Kib? no T? recently founded by former Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike, or as independents. On 23 October 2017, after the election, Maehara resigned as party president, with the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) having replaced the DP as the largest opposition party in the House of Representatives, while the existing DP caucus continued to exist in the House of Councillors.
In January 2018, the DP and the Kib? no T? agreed to form a joint parliamentary group in both houses of the Diet, although days later the negotiations broke down. On 9 April 2018, it was announced that talks were ongoing to merge the two parties into a new opposition force. On 24 April 2018, at a joint press conference the leadership of the DP and the Kib? no T? announced that both parties had agreed to merge in May 2018 as the National Democratic Party. The DP and Kib? no T? merged to form the DPFP on 7 May 2018. 62 members of the predecessor parties joined the DPFP at its formation. DP leader K?hei ?tsuka and Kib? leader Y?ichir? Tamaki became the interim co-leaders of the new party.
A self-proclaimed "reformist centrist" party, it enumerated freedom, symbiosis and responsibility for the future in its basic philosophy and self-proclaimed the establishment of a "Reformist-Centrist Party" (, Kaikaku-ch?d? seit?) based on these philosophies. Otsuka said that the term "Reformist-Centrist Party" describes attitude and spirit of DPFP that thoroughly adheres to a democratic approach to realistically reform/solve various issues. However, the party is viewed as having a strong "reformist conservative" tendency because the split of the DP has drained liberals to the CDP.
|Deputy leader||Kazuhiro Haraguchi||Democratic|
|Vice leaders||Sh? Watanabe||Kib?|
|Deputy Secretary-General||Teruhiko Mashiko||Democratic|
|General Affairs chief||Hirofumi Hirano||Democratic|
|Diet Affairs Committee chief||Kenta Izumi||Kib?|
|Election Campaign Committee chief||Atsushi ?shima||Kib?|
|Policy Affairs Research Council chief||Shinya Adachi||Democratic|
|No.||Name||Term of office||Election results|
|Took office||Left office|
|Preceding parties: Democratic Party (2016) (centre) & Kib? no T? (centre-right)|
||7 May 2018||4 September 2018||see former DP 2017 election|
& former 2017 Kib? election
|2||Yuichiro Tamaki||4 September 2018||Incumbent||see 2018 election|
While the CDP, a center-left party, is united on the merger idea, the DPP, a center-right party, was divided even before Monday's developments.