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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Japan's Citizens Say "NO!"

Yes! The citizens of Japan seem to have a better clue than the government officials. I find the following power pleasing, not only because of its numbers, but the continuing trend it shows. This is now 4 or 5 polls that have shown similar numbers.

Fifty-two percent of respondents in a survey conducted by the Asahi Shimbun said Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi should stop visiting the war-related Yasukuni Shrine, while 36 percent said he should continue, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

Support for the Koizumi Cabinet stood at 43 percent in the weekend survey, down 2 percentage points from a month ago, while the disapproval rate was 39 percent, up 4 points, it said.

Of the respondents who want Koizumi to stop visiting the shrine, which enshrines Class-A war criminals along with Japan's war dead, 72 percent said they think so due to considerations to Japan's Asian neighbors. (emphasis added)