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Japan Innovation Party

The Japan Innovation Party (維新の党, Ishin no Tō) was a political party in Japan. It was launched on 22 September 2014, following the merger of the Japan Restoration Party headed by Tōru Hashimoto, and the Unity Party, led by Kenji Eda. On 27 March 2016 the party merged with the Democratic Party of Japan and Vision of Reform to form the Democratic Party (Minshintō).[3]

Japan Innovation Party

LeaderYorihisa Matsuno
Founded22 September 2014 (2014-09-22)
Dissolved27 March 2016
Merger of
Succeeded by
Political positionCentre[1] to right-wing[2]


When it was founded, the Japan Innovation Party was led by Kenji Eda and Osaka city mayor Tōru Hashimoto. In December 2014 Hashimoto resigned from the role in order to focus on the mayoral election scheduled for the spring of 2015. Eda remained as sole leader of the party.[4]

Following the defeat of the Osaka Metropolis plan in an Osaka city referendum in May 2015, Eda resigned as leader and former Democratic Party of Japan member Yorihisa Matsuno was elected as his replacement.[5]

In October 2015 a faction aligned with Hashimoto split from the party to form the Initiatives from Osaka.[6] Then, in late October, another four members left after expressing dissatisfaction with Matsuno's leadership; the group went on to form the Vision of Reform in December 2015.[7]

On 24 February 2016, the Japan Innovation Party, Vision of Reform and larger Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) announced an agreement to merge ahead of the Upper House elections in July 2016.[8][9] On 14 March 2016 the Japanese name of the new party was announced as Minshintō, having been the most popular choice of two possible names among voters.[10][11] On 27 March 2016, the DPJ, Vision of Reform, JIP and other minor parties merged to form the new Democratic Party.[12]

Presidents of partyEdit

No. Name Term of office Election results
Took office Left office
Preceding parties: Restoration Party & Unity Party
1 Co-leadership
Tōru Hashimoto   Kenji Eda
21 September 2014 23 December 2014 resigned
2 Kenji Eda 23 December 2014 17 May 2015 resigned
3 Yorihisa Matsuno 19 May 2015 27 March 2016 unopposed
Successor parties: Initiatives from Osaka & Democratic Party (2016)

Election resultsEdit

General election resultsEdit

Election Leader # of candidates # of seats won # of Constituency votes % of Constituency vote # of PR Block votes % of PR Block vote Government/opposition
2014 Kenji Eda 172
41 / 475
4,319,646 8.16% 8,382,699 15.72% opposition


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 26 December 2016.
  2. ^ Pollmann, Mina (14 January 2015). "Who Will Lead Japan's Opposition?". The Diplomat.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (23 December 2014). "Hashimoto quits Ishin leadership". Retrieved 26 December 2016 – via Japan Times Online.
  5. ^ "Opposition Innovation Party elects Matsuno as new leader". 19 May 2015. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto's new party debuts". 31 October 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Ex-Japan Innovation Party members form new party". 21 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  8. ^ Osaki, Tomohiro (2016-02-24). "DPJ endorses merger with Ishin no To; new party to form next month". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-03-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ NHK World News. (March 14, 2016). DPJ, JIP decide on new party name: Minshinto. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-03-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (2016-03-14). "Introducing Minshin To, Japan's new main opposition force". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  12. ^ [2]

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