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DPJ makes campaign pledge amid high disapproval rate of Noda, his cabinet

11-27-2012 21:48 BJT

TOKYO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) announced its campaign pledge for Dec. 16 House of Representatives elections here on Tuesday, but a survey showed that the disapproval rate of its leader, Yoshihiko Noda, hit a new high.

At a press conference in the headquarters of the DPJ in Tokyo, Noda, who is also Japan's prime minister, admitted that his party failed to meet its major policies in the pledge for 2009 lower house elections, adding that the manifesto this time is a realistic one based on three-year lessons of being ruling party.

The new manifesto covers five major issues - foreign and defense policy, energy, economy, social security and political reforms.

The party said it will adopt cool-headed diplomacy by way of enhancing relations with neighboring Asian countries, adding that it will participates in free trade frameworks in the region especially with China and South Korea.

Noda said his party will also deepen alliance with the United States and will further involve in the negotiations of the U.S.- led Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The DPJ also said it will strengthen the Japan Coast Guard's surveillance and security measures.

As to the energy policy, Noda vowed to phase out nuclear energy in the 2030s and will not construct new nuclear power facilities, while making sure that the operation of nuclear power plants is limited to 40 years.

In the economic level, Noda said his party will create more than 4 million jobs in such fields as new energy and health care and to achieve a 2-percent GDP growth rate by the year of 2020.

The party also promised to fight against deflation by compiling more budgets and cooperating with the Bank of Japan as a strong yen has dragged down the country's export-based economy.

DPJ also stressed it would cut members in both houses of the Diet.

Although DPJ's policies are realistic and focuses more on domestic issues, the disapproval rate of Noda and his cabinet reached a new high, according to the latest survey released Monday.

The poll, which conducted by Japan's public broadcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), surveyed 3,914 people over the weekend, of whom a record 64 percent said they disapproved of Noda's cabinet, compared to 22 percent who said they approved of it.

The disapproval rate has jumped 3 percentage points from a poll taken by NHK just a week earlier. The approval rate had remained unchanged, it said.

When the respondents were asked who they felt would be more qualified to be next prime minister, Noda, or his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rival Shinzo Abe. About 21 percent believed Noda is better placed to continue his leadership, compared to 26 percent who believed Abe is the better choice.

The ruling DPJ swung to power in 2009, bringing an end to almost half a century of unbroken LDP rule.

On a party-to-party basis, with both the DPJ and LDP unveiling platforms to create economic growth, the survey said that 9 percent favored a government led by Noda's DPJ, while 22 percent favored Abe's LDP.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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