Japan PM support hits 19.1 pct ahead of key election

TOKYO, May 14 (BestGrowthStock) – Voter support for the government of
Japan’s embattled Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has fallen to
19.1 percent, slipping below 20 percent for the first time ahead
of a key mid-year election, a media poll showed on Friday.

Public perceptions that Hatoyama has mishandled a row over a
U.S. Marine base in southern Japan, which he has promised to
settle by the end of May, and a funding scandal embroiling ruling
party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa have steadily eroded support from
around 70 percent when the premier took office in September.

Hatoyama’s Democratic Party needs a decisive win in the upper
house vote expected in July to enact laws smoothly, while a loss
for the ruling coalition would spell policy deadlock as Japan
nurtures a fragile economic recovery while trying to rein in
massive public debt.

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(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds)

Japan PM support hits 19.1 pct ahead of key election