The New Komeito (公明党, Kōmeitō?), New Komeito Party, or NKP is a centre-right political party in Japan founded by members of the Buddhist organization Sōka Gakkai. (New Komeito's view on politics and religion). (The three Japanese characters in the party's name have the approximate meanings of "public/government" (公), "light" (明), and "political party" (党). "Kōmei" (公明) is usually taken to mean "justice or fairness." The concept "New" is actually not a part of the Japanese name "Komeito," but is used in English to distinguish the party from its predecessor.) The present New Komeito was formed as a result of a merger between the Komeito and the New Peace Party on November 7, 1998.