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Democratic Party of Japan

民主党,

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[Democratic Party of Japan]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 21 Sep 2010


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Introduction

The Democratic Party of Japan doesn't have a party flag, only a logo, which is however often used as Japanese nobori banner (photo).
Nozomi Kariyasu, 21 Aug 2009

The DPJ is a center-left party founded on 27 Apr 1998, and the nation's ruling party since 30 Aug 2009. I saw a photo of its flag in a TV news report: white with its logo over its name in English and Japanese (民主党), on two lines, comprising roughly the central third of the flag, with the English text protruding toward the hoist. Its logo is Venn diagram-like, made of two intersecting red circles, the upper geometrically "clean" and the lower rough and hand-drawn. The intersection is voided white.
An article on the japanprobe.com website questions whether the party flag is too similar to the national one.
Eugene Ipavec, 21 Sep 2010


Vertical Version

[Democratic Party of Japan]
image by Zachary Harden, 24 Aug 2009

This is not the official flag of the DPJ, but a banner that is used a lot in campaign stops and other DPJ buildings across Japan. I came across it myself in Hiroshima City and also in Yokohama when there was break during ICV 23. The banner contains the DPJ logo on a white field. The kanji below the logo say "Min Shu To." The English name of the party appears on the right side of the logo, which is two red suns meeting in the middle. The banner can be seen at the party site. My drawing uses the official logos.
Zachary Harden, 24 Aug 2009