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Noda's support rating falls amid public disapproval of tax raise

(Xinhua)

08:32, January 09, 2012

TOKYO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua)-- Public support rate for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet has dropped to 35.7 percent from 44.6 percent last month, according to a poll conducted by Kyodo News.

More than half of the respondents expressed disapproval for the first time since Noda took office in September, and 52.9 percent are opposed to the Noda government's controversial plan to raise the consumption tax rate from 5 percent to 8 percent in April 2014 and to 10 percent in October 2015, the poll showed.

While 45.6 percent supported the plan, about three quarters of the surveyors, or 74.4 percent, said Noda's explanations for his proposed rise in sales tax rate were insufficient.

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