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Monday, 20th September 2010
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New cabinet wins public support

Japan's reshuffled cabinet appears to have received public backing in a new survey.

Prime minister Naoto Kan's cabinet, which was announced on Friday, features 12 new ministers and according to a Kyodo News survey has 64.4 per cent support from the people.

The new ministers have taken steps to distance themselves from the former Democratic Party challenger Ichiro Ozawa.

It is the highest support rating since Kan became prime minister in June and could signal the start of possible stability for the ruling party.

Kyodo News also reported a cabinet disapproval rate of 21.2 per cent – down from 31.5 per cent in a similar survey conducted a week ago.

The new cabinet includes former transport minister Seiji Maehara being moved to foreign minister, while Yoshito Sengoku will remain as the chief cabinet secretary and Katsuya Okada has moved from the foreign office to be appointed as the influential secretary general.

Mr Kan also recently announced plans to hold an additional budget this year in order to address concerns about Japan's economic position. 

Written by Mark Smith

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