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Ozawa’s new political role is not really significant

Date Posted: 2012-07-20

Renegade politician Ichiro Ozawa was ejected from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and has formed his own new party, but 80% of Japanese voters think he won’t have any influence over the nation’s politics.

A survey of more than 1,000 voters by Kyodo News found that while Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet rating has fallen nearly two points to 28.1% since last month, and that its disapproval rating’s jumped 5.7 points to 60%, Noda’s probably still got control of the Diet. Ozawa, after being bounced from the DPJ along with 49 fellow rebel lawmakers who disagreed with the Prime Minister’s tax consumption hike, formed the Kokumin no Seikatsu ga Daiichi, People’s Life First Party, to challenge Noda.

The new poll found that 57.9% of Japanese are opposed to the new tax, with 36.7% supporting it. That isn’t stopping Noda from presiding forward with it, and the House of Councilors is discussing it now that the House of Representatives has approved it. Voters say they’ll stick with supporting proportional representation in the next general election, with 19.2% saying they’ll support the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, and only 14.1% saying they’ll stay with Noda’s ruling DPJ. Another 13.2% say they’ll support a new Osaka group led by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto. Only 5.6% say they’ll consider Ozawa’s new party.

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