Many voters support Japan's new PM amid debt concerns

September 3, 2011 11:26


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TOKYO - More than 60 percent of voters back Japan's new prime minister, the first media survey since he took office showed on Saturday, reflecting high hopes for his government that has pledged to quickly tackle fiscal reforms to rein in huge public debt.

The approval rating of 62.8 percent was much higher than that for his predecessor, Naoto Kan, who handed over power to Yoshihiko Noda on Friday. Support for Kan, who came under fire for his handling of the March earthquake and subsequent nuclear crisis, had sunk below 20 percent during his last days in office.

Noda, who became Japan's sixth prime minister in five years, is a fiscal hawk who favors raising taxes to increase government revenue. He has promised swift fiscal reforms to cope with the mountain of public debt -- now twice the size of the country's $5 trillion economy -- but with an eye on growth.

The opinion poll by Kyodo news agency also showed that 58 percent of respondents supported a temporary tax increase to fund the country's reconstruction efforts following the March quake and tsunami, while 38 percent were against it.

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