Majority oppose consumption tax


A new opinion poll published in the Mainichi Daily News yesterday says that 66% of the population oppose the proposed consumption tax which Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is trying to force through parliament. The tax, which is seen as necessary to stabilise the economy, is set to rise from 5% to 10% by 2015.

The move has seen the personal approval rating of the prime minister fall to 32% a drop from 56% in September last year.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has said that it will force a general election this year and will not cooperate with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) on raising the tax. The move seems risky as the LDP is on just 16% of the vote compared with 17% for the DPJ, with 48% of those interviewed saying that they didn’t support any political party.

When respondents were asked what measures should be taken instead of the consumption tax, 35% said reduce the number of Diet (parliament) members, 32% said cut Diet member’s salaries and 20% said cut public servant’s salaries.

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