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Chronology of major events related to LDP.

TOKYO, Sept. 10 Kyodo

The following is a chronology of major events related to the Liberal Democratic Party.

Nov. 1955 -- LDP formed through merger of conservative parties.

April 1956 -- Prime Minister Ichiro Hatoyama elected as 1st LDP president.

Oct. 1956 -- Hatoyama normalizes ties with Russia before stepping down.

Dec. 1956 -- Tanzan Ishibashi replaces Hatoyama as 2nd president and forms his own Cabinet, but he resigns next year due to illness.

Feb. 1957 -- Nobusuke Kishi assumes premiership and becomes 3rd LDP president next month.

May 1960 -- LDP railroads Japan-U.S. Security Treaty.

July 1960 -- Hayato Ikeda replaces Kishi as LDP president, assuming premiership.

Dec. 1960 -- Ikeda Cabinet approves income-doubling plan.

Oct. 1964 -- Ikeda announces resignation the day after Tokyo Olympic Games close.

Nov. 1964 -- Eisaku Sato becomes 5th LDP president and assumes premiership.

Dec. 1967 -- Sato declares 3 nonnuclear principles in the Diet.

May 1972 -- Okinawa returns to Japanese sovereignty from the United States.

July 1972 -- Kakuei Tanaka replaces Sato at age 54.

Sept. 1972 -- Tanaka visits China, normalizing ties.

Dec. 1974 -- Takeo Miki forms his Cabinet after becoming 7th LDP president.

July 1976 -- Ex-premier Tanaka arrested over Lockheed scandal.

Dec. 1976 -- Takeo Fukuda replaces Miki.

Aug. 1977 -- Fukuda issues principles on diplomacy with southeastern Asian countries, the so-called ''Fukuda Doctrine,'' in Manila.

Dec. 1978 -- Masayoshi Ohira replaces Fukuda.

June 1979 -- Ohira chairs Tokyo Summit meeting.

July 1980 -- Zenko Suzuki becomes prime minister following Ohira's death.

Nov. 1982 -- Yasuhiro Nakasone replaces Suzuki.

Nov. 1987 -- Noboru Takeshita replaces Nakasone.

April 1989 -- Consumption tax introduced.

June 1989 -- Takeshita resigns, hit by the Recruit stock-for-favors scandal, and Sosuke Uno assumes premiership.

July 1989 -- Uno steps down following LDP's defeat in upper house election, replaced by Toshiki Kaifu.

Nov. 1991 -- Kiichi Miyazawa replaces Kaifu as 15th LDP president and premier.

July 1993 -- LDP fails to secure majority in general election, leading Miyazawa to resign. Yohei Kono becomes LDP president.

Aug. 1993 -- LDP ousted from power after Morihiro Hosokawa forms non-LDP coalition Cabinet.

June 1994 -- LDP returns to power under socialist prime minister Tomiichi Murayama.

Jan. 1996 -- Ryutaro Hashimoto assumes premiership after replacing Kono as LDP president the previous year.

July 1998 -- Keizo Obuchi replaces Hashimoto, enacting laws over new Japan-U.S. defense cooperation guidelines, national anthem and flag.

April 2000 -- Yoshiro Mori assumes premiership following Obuchi's collapse.

April 2001 -- Junichiro Koizumi replaces Mori as 20th LDP president and premier.

Sept. 2002 -- Koizumi visits Pyongyang to sign Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.

Dec. 2006 -- Shinzo Abe assumes premiership, replacing Koizumi.

Sept. 2007 -- Yasuo Fukuda replaces Abe.

Sept. 2008 -- Fukuda announces resignation after hosting the G-8 summit in Hokkaido, calling for LDP presidential election.
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