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Chronology of major events related to LDP.

TOKYO, Dec. 16 Kyodo

The following is a chronology of major events related to the Liberal Democratic Party whose successive presidents have also held the premiership of Japan most of the time since its establishment in 1955 until 2009.

Nov. 15, 1955 -- The LDP formed through the merger of two conservative parties.

May 19, 1960 -- The LDP rams through the passage of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty in parliament.

May 15, 1972 -- Okinawa returns to Japanese sovereignty from the United States under Prime Minister Eisaku Sato.

Sept. 29, 1972 -- Japan normalizes ties with China after World War II under Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

June 28, 1979 -- Japan hosts a summit the Group of Seven major nations for the first time under Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira.

Sept. 22, 1985 -- Japan joins Britain, France, West Germany and the United States in the Plaza Accord aimed at weakening the U.S. dollar under Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone.

July 18, 1993 -- The LDP fails to secure a majority in the general election, losing power for the first time since its establishment.

June 30, 1994 -- The LDP returns to power as a component of the coalition under socialist Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama.

Jan. 11, 1996 -- Ryutaro Hashimoto of the LDP becomes prime minister after Murayama resigns.

Oct. 5, 1999 -- The LDP under Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi joins hands with the New Komeito party to form a three-party ruling coalition.

Sept. 17, 2002 -- Junichiro Koizumi becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pyongyang to sign the bilateral Pyongyang Declaration.

Sept. 12, 2007 -- Shinzo Abe announces resignation after taking premiership a year earlier.

Aug. 30, 2009 -- The LDP under Prime Minister Taro Aso suffers a crushing defeat by the Democratic Party of Japan in the House of Representatives election, losing power.

July 11, 2010 -- The LDP-led opposition camp takes control of the House of Councillors after beating the DPJ-led ruling coalition in the upper house election.

Sept. 26, 2012 -- The LDP chooses Abe as president following Tanigaki Sadakazu.
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