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Liberal Democratic Party (Japan)

President: Junichiro Koizumi

Secretary General: Shinzo Abe

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), also known as Jiyu Minshuto (自由民主党, abbreviated to Jimin-to 自民党) is the biggest Japanese political party at present (2003). It is not to be confused with the now-defunct Jiyuto (Liberal Party).

The LDP was formed in 1955 and has since provided all prime ministers except for the period between 1993 and 1996.

On November 10, 2003, the New Conservative Party (Hoshu Shinto) was absorbed into the LDP ("Hoshu Shinto to merge with LDP").

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1 Factions
2 References
3 External link


The LDP has been a very factionalized party for most of its history. There are currently five major factions in the LDP. From most to least powerful, they are:

The most famous faction in the LDP's history was the Tanaka Faction, led by PM Tanaka Kakuei: it was particularly strong in the seventies and eighties, but collapsed in 1987.

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