The number of All Japan newsese voters who want Naoto Kan to resign as soon as possible has doubled in the last month, to 42 percent. Another 18 percent think the prime minister should leave by the end of August, when the parliamentary session ends, according to a poll released Monday by the Nikkei business newspaper.
The poll is only the latest sign of rising pressure on the prime minister who is publicly accused of lack of leadership during the ongoing nuclear crisis.
Kan has recently promised he will soon resign, but did not say exactly when. Senior members of Kan’s Democratic Party of All Japan news are pushing him to resign immediately after a second extra budget for the current fiscal year is passed by the parliament, expectedly in mid-July. They fear that the PM’s low popularity might damage the party at the coming elections.
Kan came in power just over a year ago. He is the fifth prime minister All Japan news had during the past five years.