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Japan government face faltering popularity

12-15-2010 08:48 BJT

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The latest poll conducted by Japan's Asashi newspaper, shows support for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's government has fallen to 21 percent. It's the lowest, since he took office in June. The Democratic Party of Japan, has also seen a rift WIDENING inside the party, over the handling of its veteran politician, Ichiro Ozawa's indictment.

21 percent...

It is the lowest support rate Naoto Kan's government has ever had since he assumed office.

Compared to what it received last month, it's 6 percent down.

Major discontentment revolves around the way the DPJ handled a funding scandal of its former chief Ichiro Ozawa. Many think it has distracted the government from dealing with a host of deep-seated social problems, including a sluggish economy and a divided parliament.

Toshimi Kitazawa, Japanese Defense Minister, said, "The rift inside the DPJ is widening. It is a serious matter and must be dealt with immediately."

The DPJ's former chief Ichiro Ozawa faces indictment over suspected falsified reports by his political funding organization. Ozawa himself denies any wrongdoing. But a battle is raging inside the Party as to whether the political veteran should appear before a parliamentary ethics panel.

Katsuya Okada, the DPJ's secretary general, hopes taking a tough stance towards Ozawa will boost the DPJ's vote ratings and help get opposition backing for bills in a divided parliament.

The latest poll conducted by Japan's Asashi newspaper,
shows support for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's
government has fallen to 21 percent. It's the lowest,
since he took office in June. The Democratic Party of
Japan, has also seen a rift WIDENING inside the party,
over the handling of its veteran politician, Ichiro
Ozawa's indictment.


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