TOKYO - About 70 percent of Japanese
voters would approve of a tax hike to help massive rebuilding
after last month's earthquake and tsunami, a poll by the Nikkei
business daily showed on Monday, as concerns loom over Japan's
efforts to rein in its debt.
Nearly 70 percent also said unpopular Prime Minister Naoto
Kan should be replaced, and 70 percent said the government's
response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant,
crippled by the disaster, was not acceptable.
The government hopes to avoid issuing new bonds to fund an
initial emergency budget, expected to be worth about 4 trillion
yen ($48 billion), due to be compiled this month.