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Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his ruling Democratic Party of Japan, could be headed for a tough election this weekend.
Two polls released by major newspapers found support for Kan and his Cabinet dropping. The new data comes ahead of the July 11 elections, where half the seats in the 242-member upper house, will be up for grabs.
Kan's ruling DPJ controls the more powerful lower house, so even a dismal result in Sunday's vote won't affect its grip on power. But a poor showing would make passing key legislation more difficult and could force it to add other coalition partners.
Naoto Kan took office last month after Yukio Hatoyama suddenly resigned over a dispute with the United States regarding the future of a Marine base in Okinawa, and over finance scandals.
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