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Tuesday, 16th March 2010
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Support for Japanese PM drops by a third

Approval ratings for Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama have fallen by 32 per cent, a new newspaper survey has shown.

Following a phone poll carried out by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper over the weekend, the source said that support for the government has fallen by five per cent in a matter of weeks.

A poll carried out in late February showed government support stood at 37 per cent.

The number of voters saying they disapproved of the government was 47 per cent, a rise from the 46 per cent seen in February.

When Yukio Hatoyama first came to power, following a landslide victory in August 2009, his approval ratings were over 70 per cent, noted Japanese news source Xinhua.

His election saw the Liberal Democratic Party pushed out of government after ruling Japan for almost five straight decades.

Since he came to power, Hatoyama has come to blows with the US administration on a number of issues and the relationship between the two nations continues to be strained.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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