Japan

PM not exercising enough leadership


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A telephone survey for Kyodo news and reported in Japan Today suggests that Japanese voters do not think Prime Minister Naoto Kan is exercising enough leadership.

76% said that they did not think the Prime Minister was exercising enough leadership over the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, with 70.6% saying that they did not value the government’s handling of the nuclear crisis.

45.7% think that Kan is not exercising enough leadership generally, with 30.3% saying that he exercises no leadership.

23.6% think that Kan should resign immediately, up from 13.8% in a previous survey.

The Japanese government has been handling a major crisis since an earthquake and tsunami devastated large coastal areas in northern Japan in early March.

On Monday (1st May 2011) the Diet or Japanese lower house approved an additional budget of 4.02 trillion Yen to fund post earthquake reconstruction.

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