It’s going to be bad news for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) if the upcoming general elections are held in the next few months as expected. Voter support for Noda and his cabinet is at the lowest it’s ever been since he took office last September, and significantly lower than the opposing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
A poll from the Nikkei business newspaper revealed that 11% of respondents said they plan to vote for Noda and the DPJ, while the main opposition LDP earned 27%, and the Japan Restoration Party, just recently formed by popular Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, received 13%. The survey was conducted after last week’s resignation of the newly appointed Justice Minister Tanaka for connections to organized crime, meaning that certainly had an effect on people’s feelings for Noda.
The poll also showed that voter support for Noda’s government now stood at 20%, a decrease of 13 percentage points from the same survey a month before, and also the lowest the statistic has been since Noda was elected in September 2011. The DPJ brought an end to nearly 50 years of uninterrupted rule by the LDP in 2009, winning on a campaign promise of changing Japan and its governing ways. However, after three years and just as many prime ministers, critics and the public have grown tired of the party’s failure to come through on its pledges and make any valuable changes.
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