Poll: Most Japan voters OK on tax hike, want new PM

April 18, 2011 04:52


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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.

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