Group of 16 to leave Kan caucus
Sixteen MPs from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) said that they were intending to leave the DPJ parliamentary caucus yesterday (17th February 2011).
The reasons cited were lack of leadership by Premier Naoto Kan, a failure to keep campaign pledges and plans to raise the 5% consumption tax.
At the same time an opinion poll by Jiji Press suggests that support for Kan’s cabinet has fallen to 17.8% with 65.4% of voters saying that they no longer support a political party.
The same poll suggests that the DPJ has 11.9% support and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had 14.9% support.