- Good Governance Party
Good Governance Party Leader Tsutomu Hata Founded January 23, 1998 Dissolved April 27, 1998 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.
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:
- The Sun Party (太陽党 Taiyōtō ), led by Tsutomu Hata,
- The Voice of the People (Japan) (国民の声 Kokumin no Koe ) led by Michihiko Kano
- The group of independents known as From Five (フロムファイブ Furomu Faibu ), led by Morihiro Hosokawa.
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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