Liberal Party (Japan, 1903)

The Liberal Party (Japanese: 自由党, Jiyūtō) was a political party in Japan.


The Liberal Party was established in mid-1903 as a breakaway from Rikken Seiyūkai by a group of around 20 National Diet members opposed to co-operation with Prime Minister Katsura Tarō.[1] It sought to bring back the ideals of the original Liberal Party, but suffered from the widespread suspicion that it was a tool of Katsura's.[1]

In December 1905 it merged with the Kōshin Club and Teikokutō to form the Daidō Club (1905–10).[2]


  1. ^ a b Haruhiro Fukui (1985) Political parties of Asia and the Pacific, Greenwood Press, p568
  2. ^ Fukui, p477