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Friday, 14th May 2010
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Hatoyama suffers more falls in popularity

A new survey has shown support for the Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has fallen to below 20 per cent ahead of the election, it has been reported.

According to a poll carried out by Jiji news published on Reuters, support for Hatoyama has dropped to 19.1 per cent. The fall comes just before an important mid-year election in the country.

Hatoyama's popularity has been steadily slipping since his landslide election in September last year. A conflict with the US over a military base has led many to voice their discontent, with the leader backtracking on a number of campaign promises to do with the base.

As well as this, his party has been hit by a funding scandal in which a number of key figures are accused of taking cash from construction firms.
The source noted that when he was first elected, support for the prime minister stood at 70 per cent.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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