Support for Japan PM dips after 1 month in office

By REUTERS
October 10, 2011 06:39

TOKYO - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's government dropped by 10 points to 55 percent one month after he took office, with more than half opposing planned tax increases for post-quake restructuring efforts, a poll showed on Monday.

Noda, who became the country's sixth prime minister in five years, had gained strong support shortly after taking office in early September - a sharp turnaround from his unpopular predecessor, Naoto Kan, who saw his support fall below 20 percent.

But just after a week in office, Noda was forced to fire his trade minister due to gaffes.

The disapproval rating for his government rose to 29 percent, the survey by Yomiuri newspaper showed, up 10 points from the previous month's poll.


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