21 Feb '11, 1am

Nearly half of respondents to a Japan newspaper poll want PM Naoto Kan to step down immediately

Nearly half of respondents to a Japan newspaper poll want PM Naoto Kan to step down immediately

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - NEARLY 50 per cent of respondents of a newspaper poll are calling for the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. In the new survey by the Asahi daily, 49 per cent of respondents say Mr Kan should step down immediately. Mr Kan, Japan's fifth leader in less than four years, took office last June. Public support for his Cabinet has fallen to below 20 per cent in recent polls, with voters citing a lack of leadership. The Asahi said its telephone survey covered 3,484 randomly selected households. It received valid responses from 2,082 individuals on Saturday and Sunday. No margin of error was given, but a poll of that size would generally have a margin of error of about three percentage points. The results of the survey were released on Monday. -- AP

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