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August 12, 2009 6:46 pm

Japan’s LDP: Half a century in power

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Recent polls suggest that Japan’s once-mighty Liberal Democratic party, founded 53 years ago on the cusp of post-war recovery, might be set to lose power to the opposition Democratic party in the country’s parliamentary elections later this month.

As voters prepare to cast aside the certainties that have governed Japanese politics for almost all the years since the LDP’s creation, follow the party’s turbulent history by clicking on the timeline points on the graph below.

Profiles of the LDP’s most influential leaders can be found under the tabs showing its five defining eras, from the economic successes of the 1960s and early 1970s to more recent political scandal and declining voter confidence.

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