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An opinion poll shows Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan's party may miss a target to keep all of its seats at stake in Sunday's upper house election. That result that could put Kan's job at risk.
Kan says he wants his ruling Democratic Party of Japan, or DPJ, to hold on to the current 54 seats out of 121 up for grabs. The house has a total of 242-seats. Kyodo news says the results of an earlier survey shows the party could end up winning fewer than 50 seats, an outcome which could put strong pressure on Kan to step aside.
Support for the DPJ rebounded after Kan took over from unpopular Yukio Hatoyama in June, but receded since he floated a possible sales tax hike.
The DPJ, which took power last year, will almost certainly run the government regardless of the July 11th result, because it controls the powerful lower house. But it needs a majority in the upper chamber to enact laws and implement policies smoothly.