Liberal Party (Japan, 1945)

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Liberal Party

FoundedNovember 9, 1945 (1945-11-09)
DissolvedMarch 1948
Merged intoDemocratic Liberal Party
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan
Political positionRight-wing

Liberal Party (自由党, Jiyūtō) was a right-wing party in Japan, founded on November 9, 1945, mainly by former members of Seiyukai Party. Its first leader was Ichirō Hatoyama. In 1946-1947 and 1948-1954, the next party leader Shigeru Yoshida was the Prime Minister.

The initial name of the party was Japan Liberal Party (日本自由党, Nihon Jiyūtō). In 1948, the Japan Liberal Party merged with Kijūrō Shidehara's Dōshi Club (民主クラブ), not to be confused with the Democratic Party, to form the Democratic Liberal Party (民主自由党, Minshu Jiyūtō).