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Monday, 5th December 2011
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Majority oppose Noda?s consumption tax increase

More than half of the Japanese population is against prime minister Yoshihiko Noda’s plans to increase the consumption tax as means to improving the country’s economic situation, a new poll has revealed.

Some 54 per cent of respondents opposed the five per cent increase due to come into effect within the next years, according to a survey conducted by the Mainichi Daily between December 3rd and 4th.

It further revealed citizens may be losing faith in their leader a support for the cabinet dipped four points to 38 per cent, alongside an increase of three points in the disapproval rate, which reached 34 per cent.

A mere seven per cent of respondents said they were not worried about the nation’s fiscal position.

Support for the consumption tax hike came from party affiliations, however, as 60 per cent of those in support of the Democratic Party of Japan agreed with the tax increase.

Meanwhile, Noda’s coalition has called for the defence minister Yasuo Ichikawa to step down following controversy surrounding the 1995 rape of a schoolgirl by three American soldiers.

Posted by Mark Smith  

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