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Let's take a look at how the Japanese have reacted to Naoto Kan's party losing its majority in parliament's upper house.
Michiko Ikenoya, Businesswoman, said, "I think the outcome was expected because of the government's financial issues as well as issues on Okinawa, which everyone's been talking about."
Kenya Komatsu, Student, said, "Kan's been saying different things every time and I think that really led to losing public support."
Yuko Noda, Housewife, said, "Just like everyone else, I really think Kan's opinion on taxes influenced the votes. However, I do support the Democratic Party of Japan so I'm really hoping they will do better in the longer term."