PRICES GO UP AT THE GATE
Ozawa hints lack of leadership by PM affecting public support for DPJ
Saturday 08th May, 06:53 AM JST
Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa indicated Friday that dipping public support for the ruling party is attributable to a lack of leadership by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Ozawa said the support rate for the DPJ shown in one of the most recent public opinion polls ‘‘is not a very bad reading,’’ but added ‘‘leadership factors’’ may be among the reasons for the decline in the party’s popularity although he did not mention Hatoyama by name.
A Kyodo News survey conducted on April 28 and 29 found that the support rate for the DPJ stood at 24.1%, down 6.2 percentage points from its previous nationwide poll held nearly a month earlier.
Speaking to reporters in the southwestern city of Miyazaki, Ozawa reiterated that he has no intention of stepping down from his party post when asked about the recent decision by a citizens’ panel that he merits indictment over his fund management body’s alleged false funds reports.
In the latest Kyodo News survey, 83.8% of respondents said Ozawa should leave his post.