25 Apr '11, 3am

Japan PM faces pressure over local poll results

Japan PM faces pressure over local poll results

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan faced renewed pressure on Monday over his ruling party's poor showing in local elections and fresh criticism over his handling of the country's nuclear crisis. A candidate for the opposition Liberal Democratic Party won Sunday's lower house by-election in central Aichi prefecture, beating four rivals after Kan's Democratic Party of Japan failed to even contest the seat, media reported. Candidates backed by the DPJ also broadly lost ground in the second round of local elections held on Sunday, following the party's defeat in gubernatorial and prefectural assembly polls earlier this month. Kan's party still controls the lower house but he came in for renewed criticism in parliament on Monday over his handling of the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and has been leak...

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