Support rate rises to 65 pct for reshuffled Japanese cabinet: media

16:53, September 19, 2010      

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Japanese public support for reelected Prime Minister Naoto Kan's Cabinet has risen to around 65 percent following a reshuffle Friday, media polls revealed over the weekend.

The support rate of 66 percent in the Yomiuri Shimbun telephone survey conducted Friday and Saturday was the highest for Kan, topping the 64 percent logged shortly after he launched the Cabinet in June, and up from 59 percent in the previous survey carried out Sept. 3 to 5, it said.

The Mainichi Shimbun said the support rate rose to 64 percent from 48 percent in its previous survey last month, almost recovering the 66 percent seen in June.

The rating also reached 64.4 percent in a Kyodo News survey released Saturday. The rate went up 9.7 percentage points from the previous survey a week earlier, and was the highest since Kan took over from his unpopular predecessor Yukio Hatoyama in early June.

The Yomiuri also said 70 percent of respondents backed Kan's stance to sideline his rival Ichiro Ozawa and this appears to have helped boost the Cabinet support rating.

Source: Xinhua


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