Good Governance Party


Good Governance Party
Good Governance Party
Leader Tsutomu Hata
Founded January 23, 1998 (1998-01-23)
Dissolved April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)
Merged into Democratic Party of Japan

The Good Governance Party (民政党 Minseitō?) was a Japanese political party which was in existence for a short period in early 1998. It was a centrist, reformist party that merged with other parties in April 1998 to form the Democratic Party of Japan.

There was an earlier pre-war Minseitō party, the Rikken Minseitō from which existed from 1927-1940.

History

The Good Governance Party was composed of several smaller reformist groups that had emerged during the collapse of the large coalition New Frontier Party in 1996. These groups were:

Shortly after uniting on January 23, 1998, the Good Governance Party merged with the previous Democratic Party of Japan (1996-1998) (民主党 Minshutō?), the New Fraternity Party (新党友愛 Shintō-Yūai?), and the Democratic Reform Party (民主改革連合 Minshu-Kaikaku-Rengō?) to form the brand-new Democratic Party of Japan. Hata, Kano and Hosokawa all played important roles in the development of the DPJ as the largest opposition party in Japan.


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