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Monday, 5th July 2010
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New Japanese PM suffers support drop

The new Japanese prime minister has seen his popularity among voters fall ahead of an important election, despite only being in the role for a matter of weeks.

Former finance minister Naoto Kan was elected party leader and prime minister following the surprise resignation of Yukio Hatoyama, whose own popularity had taken a huge hit following the drawing out of a decision on the location of a controversial US military base.

Despite promising to remove the base during his election campaign, Hatoyama bowed to US pressure and kept the base in place, angering locals on the island of Okinawa who claimed the military site caused pollution and noise.

New polls published in local news sources today (July 5th) show that the approval rating for the new prime minister and his cabinet has fallen to 39 per cent. This support level stood at 48 per cent just one week ago and immediately after Kan's election, at between 60 per cent and 70 per cent.

Written by Mark Smith.