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Liberal Democratic Party Japan

Liberal Democratic Party
PresidentYoshihide Suga
Secretary-GeneralToshihiro Nikai
Councilors LeaderMasakazu Sekiguchi
Founded15 November 1955; 65 years ago (1955-11-15)
Merger ofJapan Democratic Party
Liberal Party
Headquarters11-23, Nagatach? 1-chome, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8910, Japan
NewspaperJiy? Minshu[1]
Membership (2019)Decrease 1,086,298[2]
Political positionRight-wing[3][a]
"Kokumin no tame ni hataraku"
("Working for the people")
Prefectural assembly members[7]
City, special ward, town and village assembly members[7]
Election symbol
Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) Emblem.svg

^ a: The Liberal Democratic Party is a big-tent conservative party.[8][9] The LDP is also described as centre-right,[10] but the LDP has both far-right,[11] ultra-conservative[12] factions, with many members belonging to Nippon Kaigi, and centrist factions.[13]

The Liberal Democratic Party (, Jiy?-Minshut?), frequently abbreviated to LDP or Jimint? (), is a conservative[14] political party in Japan.

The LDP has almost continuously been in power since its foundation in 1955--a period called the 1955 System--with the exception of a period between 1993 and 1994, and again from 2009 to 2012. In the 2012 election it regained control of the government. It holds 285 seats in the lower house and 113 seats in the upper house, and in coalition with the Komeito since 1999, the governing coalition has a supermajority in both houses. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and many present and former LDP ministers are also known members of Nippon Kaigi, an ultranationalist[15] and monarchist organization.[16]

The LDP is not to be confused with the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan (, Minshut?), the main opposition party from 1998 to 2016, or the Democratic Party (, Minshint?), the main opposition party from 2016 to 2017.[17] The LDP is also not to be confused with the 1998-2003 Liberal Party (, Jiy?t?) or the 2016-2019 Liberal Party (, Jiy?-t?).



Launching convention, 15 November 1955

The LDP was formed in 1955 as a merger between two of Japan's political parties, the Liberal Party (, Jiyut?, 1945-1955, led by Shigeru Yoshida) and the Japan Democratic Party (, Nihon Minshut?, 1954-1955, led by Ichir? Hatoyama), both right-wing conservative parties, as a united front against the then popular Japan Socialist Party (, Nipponshakait?), now Social Democratic Party (, Shakaiminshut?). The party won the following elections, and Japan's first conservative government with a majority was formed by 1955. It would hold majority government until 1993.

The LDP began with reforming Japan's international relations, ranging from entry into the United Nations, to establishing diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union. Its leaders in the 1950s also made the LDP the main government party, and in all the elections of the 1950s, the LDP won the majority vote, with the only other opposition coming from left-wing politics, made up of the Japan Socialist Party and the Japanese Communist Party.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, the United States Central Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars attempting to influence elections in Japan to favor the LDP against more leftist parties such as the Socialists and the Communists,[18][19] although this was not revealed until the mid-1990s when it was exposed by The New York Times.[20]

1960s to 1990s

For the majority of the 1960s, the LDP (and Japan) were led by Eisaku Sat?, beginning with the hosting of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and ending in 1972 with Japanese neutrality in the Vietnam War and with the beginning of the Japanese asset price bubble. By the end of the 1970s, the LDP went into its decline, where even though it held the reins of government many scandals plagued the party, while the opposition (now joined with the Komeito (Former)) gained momentum.

In 1976, in the wake of the Lockheed bribery scandals, a handful of younger LDP Diet members broke away and established their own party, the New Liberal Club (Shin Jiyu Kurabu). A decade later, however, it was reabsorbed by the LDP.

By the late 1970s, the Japan Socialist Party, the Japanese Communist Party, and the Komeito along with the international community used major pressure to have Japan switch diplomatic ties from the Republic of China to the People's Republic of China.

In 1983, the LDP was a founding member of the International Democrat Union. [21]

Liberal Democratic Hall Bldg., Headquarters of the LDP in Tokyo.

By the early 1990s, the LDP's nearly four decades in power allowed it to establish a highly stable process of policy formation. This process would not have been possible if other parties had secured parliamentary majorities. LDP strength was based on an enduring, although not unchallenged, coalition of big business, small business, agriculture, professional groups, and other interests. Elite bureaucrats collaborated closely with the party and interest groups in drafting and implementing policy. In a sense, the party's success was a result not of its internal strength but of its weakness. It lacked a strong, nationwide organization or consistent ideology with which to attract voters. Its leaders were rarely decisive, charismatic, or popular. But it functioned efficiently as a locus for matching interest group money and votes with bureaucratic power and expertise. This arrangement resulted in corruption, but the party could claim credit for helping to create economic growth and a stable, middle-class Japan.

Out of power

But by 1993, the end of the miracle economy and other reasons (e.g. Recruit scandal) led to the LDP losing its majority in that year's general election.

Seven opposition parties--including several formed by LDP dissidents--formed a government headed by LDP dissident Morihiro Hosokawa of the Japan New Party. However, the LDP was still far and away the largest party in the House of Representatives, with well over 200 seats; no other party crossed the 80-seat mark.

In 1994, the Socialist Party and New Party Sakigake left the ruling coalition, joining the LDP in the opposition. The remaining members of the coalition tried to stay in power as a makeshift minority government, but this failed when the LDP and the Socialists, bitter rivals for 40 years, formed a majority coalition. The new government was dominated by the LDP, but it allowed a Socialist to occupy the Prime Minister's chair until 1996, when the LDP's Ryutaro Hashimoto took over.


In the 1996 election, the LDP made some gains, but was still 12 seats short of a majority. However, no other party could possibly form a government, and Hashimoto formed a solidly LDP minority government. Through a series of floor-crossings, the LDP regained its majority within a year.

The party was practically unopposed until 1998, when the opposition Democratic Party of Japan was formed. This marked the beginning of the opposing parties' gains in momentum, especially in the 2003 and 2004 Parliamentary Elections, that wouldn't slow for another 12 years.[]

In the dramatically paced 2003 House of Representatives elections, the LDP won 237 seats, while the DPJ won 177 seats. In the 2004 House of Councillors elections, in the seats up for grabs, the LDP won 49 seats and the DPJ 50, though in all seats (including those uncontested) the LDP still had a total of 114. Because of this electoral loss, former Secretary-General Shinzo Abe turned in his resignation, but Party President Koizumi merely demoted him in rank, and he was replaced by Tsutomu Takebe.[]

On 10 November 2003, the New Conservative Party (Hoshu Shint?) was absorbed into the LDP, a move which was largely because of the New Conservative Party's poor showing in the 2003 general election. The LDP formed a coalition with the conservative Buddhist New Komeito.[]

After a victory in the 2005 Japan general election, the LDP held an absolute majority in the Japanese House of Representatives and formed a coalition government with the New Komeito Party. Abe succeeded then-Prime Minister Junichir? Koizumi as the president of the party on 20 September 2006. The party suffered a major defeat in the election of 2007, however, and lost its majority in the upper house for the first time in its history.[]

The LDP remained the largest party in both houses of the Diet, until 29 July 2007, when the LDP lost its majority in the upper house.[22]

In a party leadership election held on 23 September 2007, the LDP elected Yasuo Fukuda as its president. Fukuda defeated Tar? As? for the post, receiving 330 votes against 197 votes for Aso.[23][24] However Fukuda resigned suddenly in September 2008, and As? became Prime Minister after winning the presidency of the LDP in a 5-way election.

In the 2009 general election, the LDP was roundly defeated, winning only 118 seats--easily the worst defeat of a sitting government in modern Japanese history, and also the first real transfer of political power in the post-war era. Accepting responsibility for this severe defeat, Aso announced his resignation as LDP president on election night. Sadakazu Tanigaki was elected leader of the party on 28 September 2009,[25] after a three-way race, becoming only the second LDP leader who was not simultaneously prime minister.[]

Recent political history

The party's support continued to decline, with prime ministers changing rapidly, and in the 2009 House of Representatives elections the LDP lost its majority, winning only 118 seats, marking the only time they would be out of the majority other than a brief period in 1993.[26][27] Since that time, numerous party members have left to join other parties or form new ones, including Your Party (, Minna no T?),[] the Sunrise Party of Japan (?, Tachiagare Nippon),[28] and the New Renaissance Party (?, Shint? Kaikaku).[] The party had some success in the 2010 House of Councilors election, netting 13 additional seats and denying the DPJ a majority.[29][30] The LDP returned to power with its ally New Komeito after winning a clear majority in the lower house general election on 16 December 2012 after just over three years in opposition. Shinzo Abe became Prime Minister for the second time.[31]

In July 2015, the party pushed for expanded military powers to fight in foreign conflict through Shinzo Abe and the support of Komeito party.[32]

Yoshihide Suga took over from Shinzo Abe in September 2020. A new leader will lead the party into the September 2021 Japanese general election.


The LDP has not espoused a well-defined, unified ideology or political philosophy, due to its long-term government, and has been described as a "catch-all" party.[9] Its members hold a variety of positions that could be broadly defined as being to the right of the opposition parties. The LDP is usually associated with conservatism[14] and Japanese nationalism.[33] The LDP traditionally identified itself with a number of general goals: rapid, export-based economic growth; close cooperation with the United States in foreign and defense policies; and several newer issues, such as administrative reform. Administrative reform encompassed several themes: simplification and streamlining of government bureaucracy; privatization of state-owned enterprises; and adoption of measures, including tax reform, in preparation for the expected strain on the economy posed by an aging society. Other priorities in the early 1990s included the promotion of a more active and positive role for Japan in the rapidly developing Asia-Pacific region, the internationalization of Japan's economy by the liberalization and promotion of domestic demand (expected to lead to the creation of a high-technology information society) and the promotion of scientific research. A business-inspired commitment to free enterprise was tempered by the insistence of important small business and agricultural constituencies on some form of protectionism and subsidies.[34] In addition, the LDP opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage.[35]


The LDP is a conservative party. However, in the case of the LDP administration under the 1955 System in Japan, their degree of economic control was stronger than that of Western conservative governments; it was also positioned closer to social democracy at that time.[36] Since the 1970s, the oil crisis has slowed economic growth and increased the resistance of urban citizens to policies that favor farmers.[37] To maintain its dominant position, the LDP sought to expand party supporters by incorporating social security policies and pollution measures advocated by opposition parties.[37]


At the apex of the LDP's formal organization is the president (, s?sai), who can serve three[38] three-year terms (The presidential term was increased from two years to three years in 2002, and from two to three terms in 2017). When the party has a parliamentary majority, the party president is the prime minister. The choice of party president is formally that of a party convention composed of Diet members and local LDP figures, but in most cases, they merely approved the joint decision of the most powerful party leaders. To make the system more democratic, Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda introduced a "primary" system in 1978, which opened the balloting to some 1.5 million LDP members. The process was so costly and acrimonious, however, that it was subsequently abandoned in favor of the old "smoke-filled room" method -- so-called in allusion to the notion of closed discussions held in small rooms filled with tobacco smoke.

After the party president, the most important LDP officials are the Secretary-General (kanjicho), and the chairmen of the LDP Executive Council (somukaicho) and of the Policy Affairs Research Council or "PARC" (, seimu ch?sakai).


Position Name House Faction
President Yoshihide Suga Representatives None
Vice-President Vacant
Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Executive Acting Secretary-General Seiko Noda Representatives None
Acting Secretary-General Motoo Hayashi Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Masahiko Shibayama Representatives Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Junichi Ishii Councillors Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Chief Deputy Secretary-General Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Chairperson, Finance Committee Ry? Shionoya Representatives Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Election Strategy Committee Taimei Yamaguchi Representatives Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Party Organization and Campaign Headquarters Itsunori Onodera Representatives Kishida (K?chikai)
Chairperson, Public Relations Headquarters Haruko Arimura Councillors As? (Shik?kai)
Chairperson, Diet Affairs Committee Hiroshi Moriyama Representatives Ishihara (Kinmirai Seiji Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Party Ethics Committee Seiichi Eto Councillors Nikai (Shisuikai)
Chairperson, General Assembly of Party Members of the House of Representatives Hajime Funada Representatives Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, General Council Tsutomu Sato Representatives As? (Shik?kai)
Chairperson, Joint Plenary Meeting of Party Members of Both Houses of the Diet Hidehisa Otsuji Councillors Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Policy Research Council Hakubun Shimomura Representatives Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, General Assembly of Party Members of the House of Councillors Masakazu Sekiguchi Councillors Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Secretary-General for the LDP in the House of Councillors Hiroshige Sek? Councillors Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Executive Acting Secretary-General for the LDP in the House of Councillors Masaharu Nakagawa Councillors Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, LDP Policy Board in the House of Councillors Satoshi Ninoyu Councillors Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, LDP Diet Affairs Committee in the House of Councillors Shinsuke Suematsu Councillors Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
President, Central Institute of Politics Gen Nakatani Representatives None
Chairperson, Headquarters for Promoting Administrative Reform Vacant
Chairperson, Headquarters for North Korean Abductions Eriko Yamatani Councillors Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for Party and Political System Reform Implementation Yasuhisa Shiozaki Representatives None
Chairperson, Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision of the Constitution Seishir? Et? Representatives Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for Accelerating Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake Fukushiro Nukaga Representatives Takeshita (Heisei Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for the Action Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Toshiaki Endo Representatives None
Chairperson, Headquarters for Overcoming Population Decline and Regional Revitalization Takeo Kawamura Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for Promoting Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens Kuniko Inoguchi Councillors As? (Shik?kai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for North Korea's Nuclear Tests Toshihiro Nikai Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Chairperson, Economic Strategy Headquarters for Building the Future Society based on AI Ry? Shionoya Representatives Hosoda (Seiwa Seisaku Kenky?kai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for Promoting the Establishment of a Disaster Resilient Japan Toshihiro Nikai Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Chairperson, Bidding Headquarters for the EXPO 2025 Osaka Toshihiro Nikai Representatives Nikai (Shisuikai)
Chairperson, Headquarters for the TPP, Japan-EU EPA and the Japan-U.S. TAG Hiroshi Moriyama Representatives Ishihara (Kinmirai Seiji Kenky?kai)
  • As of June 25, 2021


Since the genesis of the Liberal Democratic Party in 1955, factions have existed, but they have changed over time. Despite this change, factions in the party today can be traced back to their 1955 roots, a testament to the stability and institutionalized nature of Liberal Democratic Party factions.[39]


The LDP had over five million party members in 1990.[] By December 2017 membership had dropped to approximately one million members.[2]

Performance in national elections until 1993

Election statistics show that, while the LDP had been able to secure a majority in the twelve House of Representatives elections from May 1958 to February 1990, with only three exceptions (December 1976, October 1979, and December 1983), its share of the popular vote had declined from a high of 57.8 percent in May 1958 to a low of 41.8 percent in December 1976, when voters expressed their disgust with the party's involvement in the Lockheed scandal.[] The LDP vote rose again between 1979 and 1990. Although the LDP won an unprecedented 300 seats in the July 1986 balloting, its share of the popular vote remained just under 50 percent. The figure was 46.2 percent in February 1990. Following the three occasions when the LDP found itself a handful of seats shy of a majority, it was obliged to form alliances with conservative independents and the breakaway New Liberal Club. In a cabinet appointment after the October 1983 balloting, a non-LDP minister, a member of the New Liberal Club, was appointed for the first time. On 18 July 1993, lower house elections, the LDP fell so far short of a majority that it was unable to form a government.

In the upper house, the July 1989 election represented the first time that the LDP was forced into a minority position. In previous elections, it had either secured a majority on its own or recruited non-LDP conservatives to make up the difference of a few seats.

The political crisis of 1988-89 was testimony to both the party's strength and its weakness. In the wake of a succession of issues--the pushing of a highly unpopular consumer tax through the Diet in late 1988, the Recruit insider trading scandal, which tainted virtually all top LDP leaders and forced the resignation of Prime Minister Takeshita Noboru in April (a successor did not appear until June), the resignation in July of his successor, Uno S?suke, because of a sex scandal, and the poor showing in the upper house election--the media provided the Japanese with a detailed and embarrassing dissection of the political system. By March 1989, popular support for the Takeshita cabinet as expressed in public opinion polls had fallen to 9 percent. Uno's scandal, covered in magazine interviews of a "kiss and tell" geisha, aroused the fury of female voters.

Uno's successor, the eloquent if obscure Kaifu Toshiki, was successful in repairing the party's battered image. By January 1990, talk of the waning of conservative power and a possible socialist government had given way to the realization that, like the Lockheed affair of the mid-1970s, the Recruit scandal did not signal a significant change in who ruled Japan. The February 1990 general election gave the LDP, including affiliated independents, a comfortable, if not spectacular, majority: 275 of 512 total representatives.

In October 1991, Prime Minister Kaifu Toshiki failed to attain passage of a political reform bill and was rejected by the LDP, despite his popularity with the electorate. He was replaced as prime minister by Miyazawa Kiichi, a long-time LDP stalwart. Defections from the LDP began in the spring of 1992, when Hosokawa Morihiro left the LDP to form the Japan New Party. Later, in the summer of 1993, when the Miyazawa government also failed to pass political reform legislation, thirty-nine LDP members joined the opposition in a no-confidence vote. In the ensuing lower house election, more than fifty LDP members formed the Shinseit? and the Sakigake parties, denying the LDP the majority needed to form a government.

Presidents of the Liberal Democratic Party

With the exception of Yohei Kono and Sadakazu Tanigaki, every President of the LDP (?, Jiy?-Minshut? S?sai)[40] has also served as the Prime Minister of Japan (Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg).

No. Name
Constituency / title Term of office Election results Image (term)
Took Office Left Office
Preceding parties: Democratic Party (1954) & Liberal Party (1950)
Interim Leadership Committee (1955-1956)
- Ichir? Hatoyama

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Tokyo 1st
15 November 1955 5 April 1956 None Hatoyama Ichir?.jpg himself 1954-56
Bukichi Miki
Rep for
Kagawa 1st
Bukichi miki.jpg Hatoyama I.
Banboku Oono
Rep for
Gifu 1st
Taketora Ogata
Rep for
Fukuoka 1st
28 January 1956 OGATA Taketora.jpg
Tsuruhei Matsuno
Cou for
10 February 1956 5 April 1956 Tsuruhei Matsuno 1956.jpg
Leader (1956-present)
1 Ichir? Hatoyama

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Tokyo 1st
5 April 1956 14 December 1956
Ichir? Hatoyama - 394
Nobusuke Kishi - 4
Others - 15
Hatoyama Ichir?.jpg himself 1954-56
2 Tanzan Ishibashi

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Shizuoka 2nd
14 December 1956 21 March 1957
1st Round
Nobusuke Kishi - 223
Tanzan Ishibashi - 151
Mitsujiro Ishii - 137
2nd Round
Tanzan Ishibashi - 258
Nobusuke Kishi - 251
Tanzan Ishibashi.jpg himself 1956-57
3 Nobusuke Kishi

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Yamaguchi 1st
21 March 1957 14 July 1960
Nobusuke Kishi - 471
Kenz? Matsumura - 2
Tokutaro Kitamura - 1
Mitsujir? Ishii - 1
Nobusuke Kishi - 320
Kenz? Matsumura - 166
Others - 5
Nobusuke Kishi.jpg himself 1957-60
4 Hayato Ikeda

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Hiroshima 2nd
14 July 1960 1 December 1964
1960 1st Round
Hayato Ikeda - 246
Mitsujir? Ishii - 194
Aiichir? Fujiyama - 49
Others - 7
1960 2nd Round
Hayato Ikeda - 302
Mitsujir? Ishii - 194
Hayato Ikeda - 391
Eisaku Sat? - 17
Others - 20
July 1964
Hayato Ikeda - 242
Eisaku Sat? - 160
Aiichir? Fujiyama - 72
Hirokichi Nadao - 1
Ikeda.jpg himself 1960-64
5 Eisaku Sat?

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Rep for
Yamaguchi 2nd
1 December 1964 5 July 1972
November 1964
Eisaku Sat? - Green tickY
Aiichir? Fujiyama - Red XN
Ichir? K?no - Red XN
Eisaku Sat? - 289
Aiichir? Fujiyama - 89
Shigesabur? Maeo - 47
Hirokichi Nadao - 11
Uichi Noda - 9
Others - 5
Eisaku Sat? - 249
Takeo Miki - 107
Shigesabur? Maeo - 95
Others - 25
Eisaku Sat? - 353
Takeo Miki - 111
Others - 3
Eisaku Sato 19641109.jpg himself 1964-72
6 Kakuei Tanaka

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Rep for
Niigata 3rd
5 July 1972 4 December 1974
Tanaka Kakuei - 282
Takeo Fukuda - 180
Kakuei Tanaka 19720707.jpg himself 1972-74
7 Takeo Miki

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Tokushima At-large
4 December 1974 23 December 1976
Takeo Miki - Green tickY
Takeo Fukuda - Red XN
Masayoshi ?hira - Red XN
Yasuhiro Nakasone - Red XN
Takeo Miki 197412.jpg himself 1974-76
8 Takeo Fukuda

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Gunma 3rd
23 December 1976 1 December 1978
Takeo Fukuda - Green tickY
Masayoshi ?hira - Red XN
Takeo Fukuda 19761224.jpg himself 1976-78
9 Masayoshi ?hira

(Died in office)
Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Kagawa 2nd
1 December 1978 12 June 1980
1st Round
Masayoshi ?hira - 748
Fukuda Takeo - 638
Yasuhiro Nakasone - 93
Toshio K?moto - 46
2nd Round
Masayoshi Ohira cropped 1 Masayoshi Ohira 19781207.jpg himself 1978-80
-- Eiichi Nishimura

Rep for ?ita 2nd 12 June 1980 15 July 1980 Acting Ito
10 Zenk? Suzuki

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Iwate 1st
15 July 1980 25 November 1982
1st Round
Zenko Suzuki - Green tickY
Kiichi Miyazawa - Red XN
Yasuhiro Nakasone - Red XN
Toshio K?moto - Red XN
2nd Round
Zenko Suzuki cropped 1 Zenko Suzuki 19800717.jpg himself 1980-82
11 Yasuhiro Nakasone

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Rep for
Gunma 3rd
25 November 1982 31 October 1987
1982 1st Round
Yasuhiro Nakasone - 57.6% (559,673)
Toshio K?moto - 27.2% (265,078)
Shintar? Abe - 8.2% (80,443)
Ichir? Nakagawa - 6.8% (66,041)
1982 2nd Round
Unopposed Walkover
1-year Extension
Yasuhiro Nakasone cropped 1 Yasuhiro Nakasone 19821127.jpg himself 1982-87
12 Noboru Takeshita

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Rep for
Shimane At-large
31 October 1987 2 June 1989
Noboru Takeshita - Green tickY
Shintar? Abe - Red XN
Kiichi Miyazawa - Red XN
Noboru Takeshita cropped 1 Noboru Takeshita 19871106.jpg himself 1987-89
13 S?suke Uno

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Shiga At-large
2 June 1989 8 August 1989
S?suke Uno - Green tickY
Masayoshi It? - Red XN
Sosuke Uno cropped 1 Sosuke Uno 19890603.jpg himself 1989
14 Toshiki Kaifu

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Rep for
Aichi 3rd
8 August 1989 30 October 1991
1st Round
Toshiki Kaifu - 279
Yoshir? Hayashi - 120
Shintar? Ishihara - 48
2nd Round
Toshiki Kaifu 19890810.jpg himself 1989-91
15 Kiichi Miyazawa

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Hiroshima 3rd
31 October 1991 29 July 1993
Kiichi Miyazawa - 285
Michio Wantanabe - 120
Hiroshi Mitsuzuka - 87
Kiichi Miyazawa 19911105.jpg himself 1991-93
16 Y?hei K?no
Rep for
Kanagawa 5th
29 July 1993 1 October 1995
1st Round
Y?hei K?no - 208
Michio Wantanabe - 159
2nd Round
Y?hei K?no.jpg Hosokawa
17 Ryutaro Hashimoto

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Okayama 4th
1 October 1995 24 July 1998
Ryutaro Hashimoto - 304
Junichiro Koizumi - 87
Unopposed Walkover
Ryutaro Hashimoto 19960111.jpg
himself 1996-98
18 Keiz? Obuchi

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Rep for
Gunma 5th
24 July 1998 5 April 2000
Keiz? Obuchi - 225
Seiroku Kajiyama - 102
Junichiro Koizumi - 84
Keiz? Obuchi - 350
Koichi Kato - 113
Taku Yamasaki - 51
Keizo Obuchi 19980730.jpg himself 1998-2000
19 Yoshir? Mori

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Rep for
Ishikawa 2nd
5 April 2000 24 April 2001
Yoshir? Mori - Green tickY
Mikio Aoki - Red XN
Masakuni Murakami - Red XN
Hiromu Nonaka - Red XN
Shizuka Kamei - Red XN
Yoshiro Mori 20000405.jpg himself 2000-01
20 Junichiro Koizumi

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Rep for
Kanagawa 11th
24 April 2001 20 September 2006
2001 1st Round
Junichiro Koizumi - 298
Ryutaro Hashimoto - 155
Tar? As? - 31
2001 2nd Round
Junichiro Koizumi - 339
Shizuka Kamei - 139
Takao Fujii - 65
Masahiko K?mura - 54
Junichiro Koizumi 20010426.jpg himself 2001-06
21 Shinzo Abe

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Rep for
Yamaguchi 4th
20 September 2006 26 September 2007
Shinzo Abe - 464
Tar? As? - 136
Sadakazu Tanigaki - 102
Shinz? Abe 20060926.jpg himself 2006-07
22 Yasuo Fukuda

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Rep for
Gunma 4th
26 September 2007 22 September 2008
Yasuo Fukuda - 330
Tar? As? - 197
Yasuo Fukuda 200709.jpg himself 2007-08
23 Tar? As?

Emblem of the Prime Minister of Japan.svg
Rep for
Fukuoka 8th
22 September 2008 16 September 2009
16 September
2009 - 28 September
Taro Aso 20080924.jpg himself 2008-09
24 Sadakazu Tanigaki
Rep for
Kyoto 5th
28 September 2009 26 September 2012
Sadakazu Tanigaki - 300
Taro Kono - 144
Yasutoshi Nishimura - 54
Tanigaki Sadakazu 1-1.jpg Hatoyama Y.
Shinzo Abe

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Rep for
Yamaguchi 4th
26 September 2012 14 September 2020
2012 1st Round
Shinzo Abe - 464
Shigeru Ishiba - 199
Nobuteru Ishihara - 96
Nobutaka Machimura 34
Yoshimasa Hayashi - 27
2012 2nd Round
Shinzo Abe - 108
Shigeru Ishiba - 89
Unopposed Walkover
Shinzo Abe - 553
Shigeru Ishiba - 254
Shinz? Abe Official.jpg
himself 2012-20
26 Yoshihide Suga

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Rep for
Kanagawa 2nd
14 September 2020 30 September 2021
Yoshihide Suga - 377
Fumio Kishida - 89
Shigeru Ishiba - 68
Suga Yoshihide.jpg himself 2020-present

Election results

General election results

Election Leader Candidates Seats Constituency votes PR Block votes Status
Number % Number %
1958 Nobusuke Kishi 413
22,976,846 57.80% Government
1960 Hayato Ikeda 399
22,740,272 57.56% Government
1963 Hayato Ikeda 359
22,423,915 54.67% Government
1967 Eisaku Sat? 342
22,447,838 48.80% Government
1969 Eisaku Sat? 328
22,381,570 47.63% Government
1972 Tanaka Kakuei 339
24,563,199 46.85% Government
1976 Takeo Miki 320
23,653,626 41.78% Government
1979 Masayoshi ?hira 322
24,084,131 44.59% Government
1980 Masayoshi ?hira 310
28,262,442 47.88% Government
1983 Yasuhiro Nakasone 339
25,982,785 45.76% LDP-NLC coalition
1986 Yasuhiro Nakasone 322
29,875,501 49.42% Government
1990 Toshiki Kaifu 338
30,315,417 46.14% Government
1993 Kiichi Miyazawa 285
22,999,646 36.62% Opposition (until 1994)
LDP-JSP-NPS coalition (since 1994)
1996 Ryutaro Hashimoto 355
21,836,096 38.63% 18,205,955 32.76% LDP-SDP-NPS coalition
2000 Yoshir? Mori 337
24,945,806 40.97% 16,943,425 28.31% LDP-NKP-NCP coalition
2003 Junichiro Koizumi 336
26,089,326 43.85% 20,660,185 34.96% LDP-NKP coalition
2005 Junichiro Koizumi 346
32,518,389 47.80% 25,887,798 38.20% LDP-NKP coalition
2009 Tar? As? 326
27,301,982 38.68% 18,810,217 26.73% Opposition
2012 Shinzo Abe 337
25,643,309 43.01% 16,624,457 27.79% LDP-NKP coalition
2014 Shinzo Abe 352
25,461,427 48.10% 17,658,916 33.11% LDP-KM coalition
2017 Shinzo Abe 332
26,719,032 48.21% 18,555,717 33.28% LDP-KM coalition

Councillors election results

Election Leader Seats Nationwide[a] Prefecture Status
Total[b] Contested Number % Number %
1956 Ichir? Hatoyama
11,356,874 39.7% 14,353,960 48.4% Governing minority
1959 Nobusuke Kishi
12,120,598 41.2% 15,667,022 52.0% Governing majority
1962 Hayato Ikeda
16,581,637 46.4% 17,112,986 47.1% Governing majority
1965 Eisaku Sat?
17,583,490 47.2% 16,651,284 44.2% Governing majority
1968 Eisaku Sat?
20,120,089 46.7% 19,405,546 44.9% Governing majority
1971 Eisaku Sat?
17,759,395 44.5% 17,727,263 44.0% Governing majority
1974 Kakuei Tanaka
23,332,773 44.3% 21,132,372 39.5% Governing majority
1977 Takeo Fukuda
18,160,061 35.8% 20,440,157 39.5% Governing minority
1980 Masayoshi ?hira
23,778,190 43.3% 24,533,083 42.5% Governing majority
1983 Yasuhiro Nakasone
16,441,437 35.3% 19,975,034 43.2% Governing majority
1986 Yasuhiro Nakasone
22,132,573 38.58% 26,111,258 45.07% Governing majority
1989 S?suke Uno
15,343,455 27.32% 17,466,406 30.70% Governing minority
1992 Kiichi Miyazawa
14,961,199 33.29% 20,528,293 45.23% Governing minority (until 1993)
Minority (1993-1994)
LDP-JSP-NPS governing majority (since 1994)
1995 Y?hei K?no
10,557,547 25.40% 11,096,972 27.29% LDP-JSP-NPS governing majority
1998 Ryutaro Hashimoto
14,128,719 25.17% 17,033,851 30.45% LDP-(Lib.-Komeit?) governing majority (until 2000)
LDP-Komeit?-NCP governing majority (since 2000)
2001 Junichiro Koizumi
21,114,727 38.57% 22,299,825 41.04% LDP-Komeit?-NCP governing majority (until 2003)
LDP-Komeit? governing majority (since 2003)
2004 Junichiro Koizumi
16,797,686 30.03% 19,687,954 35.08% LDP-Komeit? governing majority
2007 Shinzo Abe
16,544,696 28.1% 18,606,193 31.35% LDP-Komeit? governing minority (until 2009)
Minority (since 2009)
2010 Sadakazu Tanigaki
14,071,671 24.07% 19,496,083 33.38% Minority (until 2012)
LDP-Komeit? governing minority (since 2012)
2013 Shinzo Abe
18,460,404 34.7% 22,681,192 42.7% LDP-Komeit? governing majority
2016 Shinzo Abe
20,114,833 35.9% 22,590,793 39.9% LDP-Komeit? governing majority
2019 Shinzo Abe
17,712,373 35.37% 20,030,330 39.77% LDP-Komeit? governing majority

Leadership elections

See also


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  • Scheiner, Ethan. Democracy without Competition in Japan: Opposition Failure in a One-Party Dominant State (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

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