Majority Wants Japanese PM to Resign, Survey Says

Tokyo, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) More than 60 percent of Japanese want Prime Minister Naoto Kan to step down, according to a survey conducted by Nikkei newspaper.

The crisis that followed the March 11 earthquake and tsunami led to serious criticism of the Kan government, especially its delayed reaction to consequences of the damage done to the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Nikkei said 65 percent of those surveyed were in favor of the prime minister’s resignation, even before August 31.

Kan’s popularity dived below 19 percent after reports on failures in Japanese nuclear energy system and poor management of one of the largest operators in the sector, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco).

Most criticism focuses on short-sightedness in the oversight of nuclear reactors and incorrect measures to contain contamination from the damaged plant.

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