01 May '11, 5am

Japan PM on defensive over disaster leadership #CNA #News #asia #SG #Singapore

Japan PM on defensive over disaster leadership #CNA #News #asia #SG #Singapore

TOKYO: Japan's unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan pleaded for public "understanding" on Sunday after a poll showed three-quarters of people questioned his leadership and handling of the post-disaster crisis. In a weekend telephone survey by Kyodo news agency, 76 per cent of 1,010 respondents believed Kan was "not exercising leadership" in dealing with the March 11 quake and tsunami and the ensuing crisis at a nuclear power plant. Some 24 per cent wanted the prime minister to "resign immediately", up from 14 per cent in a similar poll conducted two weeks after the disaster that left 26,000 people dead or missing and crippled the Fukushima atomic plant. "People may feel that the government is acting slowly in various aspects and they may have lingering fears in various aspects. I can understand their feelings," Kan said in parliament Sunday. But he added: "At the same time, ...

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