By the end of the s, 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.
However, as the post-bubble and industrial economy emerged in the s, the contestation among these traditional LDP supporters became increasingly visible.
The Liberal Democrats thwarted their Socialist opponents, maintained their one-party rule, forged close ties with Washington and fought off public opposition to the United States' maintaining military bases throughout Japan.
In fact, the Abe government introduced National Strategic Special Zones, in which regulations were drastically loosened. In its party convention in January the SDP abandoned the platform adopted inwhich was strongly influenced by Marxism-Leninism.
The party has generally worked closely with business interests and followed a pro-U. For example, from to the Progressive Party changed its name four times, becoming the Democratic Party inthe National Democratic Party inthe Reform Party inand finally the Japan Democratic Party in In the lower house election the following month, the JRP won 55 seats, making it the third largest party in the House of Representatives.
After a victory in the Japan general electionthe LDP held an absolute majority in the Japanese House of Representatives and formed a coalition government with the New Komeito Party.
The group's leader was Eugene Dooman, an old Japan hand who quit the State Department in to promote "the reverse course. Its aims included the construction of a welfare society.
Security Treaty and nuclear power, however, and the SDP has maintained its official foreign policy stance of unarmed neutrality. Veteran politician Shizuka Kamei, who represented a rural, mountainous region in Hiroshima Prefecture, once said that the aim of the conservative is to protect the local, hard-working companies and families who underpin the Japanese economy.
However, the secession of the SDP from the ruling coalition deprived the Hata administration of a parliamentary majority. However, both the proportion of the popular vote and number of seats won by the LDP saw an extended period of decline in the following years.