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Support for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's government has fallen ahead of next month's election. Voters appeared divided over the Prime Minister's push for a future sale tax hike.
A poll by the Asahi newspaper showed support for Kan's government dropped to 50 percent, down 9 percent from the previous week.
Public opposition has mounted to the government's proposed sales tax hike. In a separate poll by the Yomiuri newspaper, voter support for the government was down 4 percent from a week ago.
Despite the drop, the ruling Democratic Party has kept its lead over its main opposition rival ahead of the upper house election scheduled for July 11th.