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Friday, 28th August 2009
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Japanese PM responds to opinion polls

The current Japanese prime minister Taro Aso has conceded that many Japanese voters are disillusioned over the performance of his party, as opinion polls suggest he will be voted out by Sunday's (August 30th) general election.

According to a poll conducted by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Aso could face defeat on Sunday with the rival Democratic Party of Japan looking on course to win as many as 320 seats out of the 480 in the lower chamber of the Japanese parliament.

In total, 130,000 voters were asked for their opinions.

While out on the campaign trail in Osaka, Aso admitted that "criticism has been building" towards his party, reported the local Jiji Press news agency.

Leader of the rival Democratic Party of Japan Yukio Hatoyama, who is widely tipped to be on course to be the next prime minister of Japan, accused the current leader of "ignoring people's voices" while on a recent tour, reported AFP. 2 citations in a row sound weird

Written by Kimberley Homer.